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Local entertainment for all ages

Calf roping is just one of the events for spectators to enjoy at this year’s Roy Pioneer Rodeo. Frogster photo

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Who doesn't enjoy a rodeo? Horses and cows and calves and bulls and cowboys and cowgirls - what's not to love about that? On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo will put on a great rodeo experience that's fun for the whole family.

Located in the Roy Rodeo Arena, just out the back gate of JBLM, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo is open to pros and amateurs alike and features all of the events one expects to find at a rodeo, with a few extra thrown in just for fun. There will be bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, cow milking and business man's wild cow milking, barrel racing - and even a rodeo clown. For the younger set, there will also be some events open to junior cowboys and cowgirls. Of special interest to some, the bull riding and military bull-riding events will attempt to answer that age-old question: who's really tougher, soldiers ... or cowboys?

Belt buckles, sponsored by area businesses, will be awarded to the winners of the various contests. This year's sponsors include: Northwest Chevrolet, the Roy Tavern, Les Schwab, K & S Saddlery, the Howell Rodeo Company, Jim Bob's Chuck Wagon, Lady Luck's Cowgirl Up Bar and Grill, Wilcox Family Farms, Bob Howard Construction, King Feed, RE/MAX Country, and Yelm Farm and Pet.

An afternoon of rodeo watching and competing can really work up an appetite and a powerful thirst, so an onsite food booth will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and ice cream cones. And for those thirsty grownups, a beer garden presented by Marine View Beverage will offer wine, wine coolers, Mike's Hard Lemonade, and of course, beer. There's even a souvenir booth featuring items to commemorate a fun weekend, long after it has past.

Started in 1960 by a few local families, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo draws visitors and contestants from all over the northwestern United States and western Canada. Those interested in competing can register at

For more than 50 years, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo has offered a weekend of wholesome entertainment.

"I think it is a great family experience," said spokesperson Micki Easterly. "It's local entertainment for all ages."

Tickets will be available at the gate. Admission is $12 for those 13 and older; $6 for seniors; $5 for children ages 6 to 12; and children 5 and younger are free. Bring cash. Credit cards and checks will not be accepted.

To learn more about the Roy Pioneer Rodeo, visit

ROY PIONEER RODEO, 1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 and Sept. 3-4, Roy Rodeo Arena, 8710 Higgins Grieg Rd., Roy,

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