Rodeo coming to fair

HUNTINGDON — The 15th annual Central PA Rodeo will be held again at the Huntingdon Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, with show times beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The rodeo is presented by Lee Industries and St. Matthew School in Tyrone, to promote a family fun filled weekend, rain or shine.

Each year the rodeo is sanctioned by the American Professional Rodeo Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association, with prize money topping $18,000, which is some of the highest on the East Coast circuit.

The top three place finishers for the eight rodeo events — Woman Breakaway Roping, Bareback Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Racing and the ever popular Bull Riding — will be awarded prize money.

The show is expected to draw more than 200 contestants and 3,000 spectators to the fairgrounds. Contestants ranked No. 1 in the world on the APRA or IPRA circuit compete almost every year since the inception of the Central PA Rodeo.

The rodeo novice program designed to build the ranks of the Bareback and Saddle Bronc riders has been a great success. These first-timers in the sport learn the trade as they compete against each other with the winner being crowned after the three-day event.

They also have the opportunity to travel to five other regional rodeos to compete for a grand buckle at the end of the year. The Central Pa Rodeo has hosted more than 40 novices the three years with many of them turning to the pro ranks after the season.

Performing this year will be “The Rawhide & Dusty Show” wild & western entertainment. They have performed for all the major rodeos across America along with performing at the Huntingdon Rodeo a few years ago. The comedy act and barrel clown for the shows will be the legendary Hollywood Harris from Clifton, Texas, who with his high energy and different characters such as Dino the Rope a Saurus and Hollywood Houdini the illusionist, will keep the crowd on the edge of their seats with laughter.

Before the show the “Kids Corral” will give children a chance to learn and interact doing crafts and playing games while pony rides are given next door. An autograph and photograph area after the show gives the contestants a chance to mingle and talk with the fans.

Tickets for the rodeo are on sale now online at centralparodeo.com, Ace Hardware stores in Tyrone, Huntingdon and Duncansville along with all Reliance bank locations throughout the Central Pennsylvania region and 7 Points Bait and Grocery.

Advance tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for children, and kids 3 and under are admitted free. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $17 and $7.

All veterans and active members of the military will be admitted free of charge for the Friday show.

This event is held each year to benefit St. Matthew School in Tyrone, a faith based school that has provided generations of education to students of all backgrounds and faith in the Tyrone area for 150 years, since 1869.