Stampede ready for action

Posted 5/22/09

Get ready, set, go! It’s time to kick summer into gear with the Elizabeth Stampede. And like years past, the Stampede volunteers have been working …

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Stampede ready for action


Get ready, set, go! It’s time to kick summer into gear with the Elizabeth Stampede. And like years past, the Stampede volunteers have been working all year to provide an even bigger and better weekend of rodeos.

The fun begins June 5 at Casey Jones Park off Highway 86 in Elizabeth with the second annual Professional Bull Riders event. Last summer was the Stampede’s first time hosting the event, which is the top bull-riding organization in the world and volunteers are once again thrilled to be working with the PBR, said Greg Dieker, Stampede Rodeo board member.

In 2008 the Stampede had 20 of the top 100 PBR riders and, according to Dieker, the 2009 event will see an even better turnout.

“We’ll be bringing in 50 bulls from five different stock contractors for the event,” he said. “This will give the Stampede a real variety of bulls for fans and the contestants.”

After the evening rodeos June 5-6, at 9:30 p.m. people can stick around CJ Park and listen and dance to the sounds of country music from the Jones & Rain Band out of Douglas County.

As Saturday rolls around, the fun continues with the parade at 10 a.m. through Elizabeth directly followed by the Elizabash. This is the second year for the downtown event on Main Street which will be blocked off from traffic until 3 p.m. Those who attend can enjoy food, refreshments, live music, vendors, a petting zoo, several inflatables, games and entertainment.

As Elizabash winds down the afternoon, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will be winding up at 2 p.m. at CJ Park followed by the evening PRCA rodeo at 7 p.m. As the Stampede’s 22nd annual PRCA rodeo, fans will not be disappointed as the Stampede will be providing a minimum of 15 contestants from last year’s National Finals Rodeo, Dieker said.

“The Stampede has been named the ‘Small Market Rodeo of The Year’ eight times in the last 10 years by the Mountain States Circuit of the PRCA,” he said. “That says a lot about the quality of our rodeo, how we treat the cowboys and cowgirls and the quality of our stock contractor.”

During the evening rodeo the Stampede will be participating in the fourth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink fight against breast cancer. Along with the PRCA rodeo, Stampede volunteers are working to raise funds to support two area breast cancer charities: Renee’s Friends Fund, which provides financial assistance to women burdened by childcare, gasoline and other expenses because of treatments and Lancaster’s Barrel Race for the Cure, which assists rodeo families affected by breast cancer.

Fundraising activities are scheduled throughout the entire weekend including a silent auction that will run the three days of the Stampede, a tent at the rodeo grounds selling all things Western and pink as well as a portion of the ticket proceeds from Saturday night’s rodeo going towards the charities.

And those people who are tough enough to wear pink are encouraged to wear pink during the evening rodeo.

“… To see all the people wearing pink and coming together to help another person, well it's just an amazing night,” said Joanne Hoefer, Elizabeth Stampede volunteer.

The final PRCA rodeo begins at 2 p.m. June 7 and is an special rodeo dedicated to the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces in the past, as well as the present and the future. The third annual Red, White and Blue Rodeo continues to be a success and the volunteers of the Stampede and Elizabeth community members believe this rodeo is important and necessary to recognize those men and women, Dieker said.

A World War II veteran, a Vietnam veteran and two Iraq veterans will be honored during the rodeo along with two former Elizabeth Navy veterans.

“We are giving two empty saddle presentations, one for Jim R. White and one for Leroy Bird,” Dieker said. “These men have served their country and they deserve the honor.”

Half-price tickets are available for the Red, White and Blue Rodeo to all military personnel with military ID.

For ticket prices, event schedule and more information on the Elizabeth Stampede, visit

The Elizabeth Stampede, June 5-6, ticket prices:

June 5 PBR event


Children 6 to 12-$16

June 6 PRCA afternoon rodeo


Children 6 to 12-$8,

Family package, two adults and two children $35

June 6 PRCA evening rodeo


Children 6 to 12-$16

June 7 PRCA rodeo

Adult $12

Children 6 to 12-$8

Family package, two adults and two children $35


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