Local cowboys and cowgirls gathered at Casey Jones Park Stampede Grounds in Elizabeth for the annual Elizabeth Stampede Community Rodeo on May 30. All events were open to anyone willing to pay the entry fee and climb on the back of PRCA or PBR stock …
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Local cowboys and cowgirls gathered at Casey Jones Park Stampede Grounds in Elizabeth for the annual Elizabeth Stampede Community Rodeo on May 30. All events were open to anyone willing to pay the entry fee and climb on the back of PRCA or PBR stock for bull and saddle bronc riding.
The open competitions also included barrel racing, team roping and a hide race. A free concert featuring the music of Carlos Washington & the Steel Horse Band followed the competitive events and presentations to the winners. Team ropers took home purses of up to $234.
The original community rodeo began in 1937 and was organized by the Elizabeth Commercial Association. The annual event ultimately evolved into the Elizabeth Stampede. In 1988, the Stampede became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, which eventually filled the weekend with professional rodeo competitions and did not allow time for the amateur rodeo.
In order to continue the tradition of amateur competition, a separate community rodeo was created in the 1990s and is held annually the weekend leading up to the Elizabeth Stampede. The event is free to the public.
The Elizabeth Stampede opens June 5 with the PRCA XTreme Bulls Rodeo and closes on June 7 with rodeo performances and the coronation of the 2016 Stampede Royalty.
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