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April 10, 2014

Rodeo set for ’89er celebration

NORMAN — Get out your cowboy hats and boots ready for this year’s ’89er Rodeo with the Norman Round-up Club.

The Open Rodeo is set for Friday and Saturday at the Round-up Club, 60th Street between Alameda and Robinson. The rodeo, which begins at 8 both nights, runs in conjunction with the ’89ers Day Parade. The parade commemorates the Great Land Run of 1889, the day Oklahoma was opened for settlement.

Sharon Jones, Norman Round-up Club secretary, said Friday night’s rodeo will feature special guests, children from the Toby Keith Foundation OK Kids Korral. The foundation provides overnight lodging for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment, as well as their families.

“The Friday night performance is dedicated to them (the children),” Jones said.

On Saturday morning, the club will ride in the ’89ers Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Norman.

“Saturday night, we do have a special presentation, but that’s secret,” she said.

The rodeo will include bareback bronc riding, ranch bronc riding, bull riding and more. In addition to the main rodeo, there will be several junior events, including mutton busting, pee-wee bareback riding and barrel racing. Riders still are being accepted, Jones said.

Children 8 and under can participate in the mutton busting, those 12 and under can participate in the bareback riding and those 15 and under can participate in barrel racing.

Guests also can enjoy full concessions and several vendors. Jones said there will be a tack vendor with various horse tacks and leather items, a vendor selling “blingy” cowgirl stuff such as T-shirts and hats, and a ring toss carnival game.

“We just want everybody to come out and have a good time. It’s a very family friendly event,” she said.

The Norman Round-up Club also will host a Spring Fling barrel race and Jr. Rodeo. For more information, visit nruc.org or call Sharon Jones at 360-2371.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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