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Roundup Rodeo gears up for Dodge City Days
by Vincent Marshall/Dodge City Daily Globe
Dodge City, Kan.
One of the main attractions to Dodge City Days is the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. Running from July 28 through Aug. 2, this year’s rodeo will feature more than 721 contestants from all over the world competing in one of the few rodeos that has a true championship winner.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Roundup Rodeo president Dr. RC Trotter discussed what to look for at this year’s event.
"We are bringing back the Extreme Bull Riding," Trotter said. "Instead of having two rounds like we did last year, we will have one round on one night."
The Extreme Bull Riding will be on July 28 starting at 7:45 p.m. at the Dodge City Roundup Arena.
For the kickoff concert featuring James Otto and Tracy Lawrence, the set up and seating of the stands will have some changes. The stands near the beer garden will be altered to incorporate more of the beer garden to view the rodeo.
One other addition to the rodeo will be the arrival of Cody Cavanaugh and his team from Wisconsin Freestyle Motocross.
Cavanaugh, along with team members Mike Keiper and Josh Mertens will be performing motocross jumps inside the arena during the 5-day rodeo event.
This year will mark the motocross team’s third year as an act for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
"Because they are affiliated with the PRCA (a requirement to be able to be involved in the rodeo), we were able to invite Cody and his team to our rodeo," Trotter said. "It will be a lot of fun and bring something different for the audience."
Making his first appearance at the Roundup Rodeo will be five-time PRCA Clown of the Year nominee Cody Sosebee from Arkansas.
"I’ve passed that rodeo arena every year and I have always wanted to be there," Sosebee said in a press release. "I’m as excited as I have ever been in working any rodeo."
Sosebee will participate in the Extreme Bull Riding as well as each of the five-day rodeo events.
Returning to announce this year’s rodeo will be Boyd Polhamus who has been the voice of the rodeo for more than a decade.
The rodeo itself will feature competition in mutton bustin, tie-down roping, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, steer roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.
Each night of the rodeo will have a special theme for that night.
July 29 will be the family night and hamburger feed with fireworks following the rodeo; July 30 will be Pizza Hut Night; July 31 will be military night as well as Cargill barbeque night and Wrangler Patriot night; Aug. 1 will be the Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink night where money raised will go towards Circle of Hope and Aug. 2 will be the Budweiser Championship Finals night and the conclusion of the rodeo as well as Dodge City Days.