Family rodeo rides into Williams Labor Day Weekend

Event will feature youth, promises fun for all

Photo/Dennis Shirley
A young cowboy practices his roping skills at the Bob Dean Rodeo Grounds during the Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo in July. Organizers of the Labor Day Rodeo say the event will be similar to Cowpunchers.

Photo/Dennis Shirley A young cowboy practices his roping skills at the Bob Dean Rodeo Grounds during the Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo in July. Organizers of the Labor Day Rodeo say the event will be similar to Cowpunchers.

WILLIAMS - If you enjoyed the Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo in July, you will not want to miss the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association's (AJRA) Rodeo Sept. 5-6 at the Bob Dean Rodeo Grounds. Performances will be held daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The rodeo participants are 5-18 years of age.

"This is a family rodeo, along the lines of the Cowpunchers," said Sue Atkinson, events coordinator for the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. "This is the AJRA's second rodeo of the season. We are hoping it will be as big as Cowpunchers."

Events will include bull riding, breakaway roping, calf roping, chute dogging, ribbon roping, team roping, barrel racing and pole bending. Pepsi and Coors are major sponsors of the event. No alcohol will be sold at the family rodeo. Coors is sponsoring the tea and water. The Williams Kiwanis Club will operate the cook shack and the Williams Rodeo Committee will provide the buckles - 43 in all - in addition to manning the sound system, preparing the arena and staffing the VIP tent.

Established in 1967, the AJRA's mission is to promote Christian principles and to encourage members to exhibit characteristics consistent with these ideals. To find out more, visit arizonajuniorrodeo.com.

While family members of participants are required to work the rodeo, volunteers are still needed to help at the gate. To find out how you can help, contact Atkinson at (928) 635-0273, ext. 210.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Bob Dean at (928) 635-2328.

No parade for Labor Day

Because of lack of participation, the Labor Day Parade has been cancelled.

"This has never been a big parade. There are only four entries thus far," Atkinson said. "There were only 21 entries last year and six of those were rodeo queens. There will be no royalty at the rodeo this year because it is not the PRCA."

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