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April 19, 2010

Annual ’89er Day Rodeo set this weekend

NORMAN — For 64 years, the Norman Roundup Club has been keeping the bull-riding fans of Norman satisfied.

That tradition continues this weekend with the annual ’89er Day Rodeo at the arena south of Robinson Street on 60th Avenue NE.

Team roping, barrel racing, bronc riding, tie down roping and bull riding are some of the open rodeo activities that will keep the dust rising Friday and Saturday night.

The rodeo will kick off each night at 8 p.m. with the Canadian Valley Rangerettes leading the grand entry, said Glenn Gray, chairman of the ’89er Day Rodeo.

“It’s quite a deal to see them ride,” Gray said.

He said the crowd last year reached about 1,300 and he is expecting that many for this year’s show as well.

In addition to the arena events, Norman’s Fowler Toyota, sponsor for the event, will offer a western-themed boutique with gift items. A full concession will also be available.

Gray said the rodeo will often run late into the night, or early into the next morning. One night last year, Gray said he was there until close to 2 a.m.

The open rodeo is hosted by the Norman Roundup Club, a family-focused organization that maintains the grounds on which the rodeo will be located. Membership into the club is $20 a year, with free admission to the open rodeo.

“This is something we’re trying to build and make this an event the people of Norman and the surrounding community can really enjoy,” said Gray.

Outside of the open rodeo, the Roundup Club is also overseeing the junior rodeo, which runs on particular Saturdays through the end of May. The junior rodeo is for youth 16 and under.

A six-week barrel racing series on the rodeo grounds also start Tuesday, in conjunction with the Better Barrel Races World Finals at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. The Norman barrel racing shows are free and open to the public. The exhibition begins at 5:30 p.m. with the jackpot following at 8 p.m.

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