Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo

You don't have to wear spurs or a fancy Stetson hat to attend this weekend's Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo — all rodeo fans are welcome.

Again this year, Southern Oregon's big rodeo is a spring event. The timing matters. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and staging it in the spring attracts more competitors eager to accumulate points to qualify for the national finals rodeo in December in Las Vegas.

Oh, and did we mention the money? There's a $5,000 prize for the top finisher in each event.

The Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo queen will open the show each night, followed by a display of horsemanship presented by local equestrian teams. Children's prerodeo activities include pony and tractor rides and mutton busting.

Inside the arena, buckaroos will compete in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping and other roping events.

Rodeo performances begin each night at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Big R and Providence Medford Medical Center will host a "Think Pink" breast cancer awareness night on Friday, when contestants will don pink gear to support the cause.

The jackpot roping qualifier for the American Cowboy Team Roping Association will be held on Friday and Saturday evening in the Isola Arena.

General admission is $15 in advance and $17 at the door on Friday and Saturday. Reserved seating for Saturday's show costs $17 in advance and $19 at the door. Tickets for children age 12 and younger cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door. On Thursday, family day, tickets cost $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Tickets are available at Big R in White City, Sherm's Food 4 Less and Thunderbird in Medford, Cowboy Corral in Grants Pass and all Premier West Banks in Jackson County (except the branch in the Rogue Valley Manor). Ticket booths open at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds, and doors open at 6 p.m.

The rodeo will be held alongside the Jackson County spring fair and lamb show, which concludes with a public auction for 4-H and FFA livestock on Sunday.

For more information about the rodeo, call 541-774-8270 or visit the website at www.jcfairgrounds.com.

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