Colorado River Round Up rides into Needles tonight
NEEDLES — The 43rd Colorado River Round Up rodeo rides into Needles today.
The event, presented by Colorado River Medical Center, features all the competitive rodeo events: bareback, ranch, saddle bronc and bull riding; barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf tying, breakaway and team roping in two nights of action today and Saturday.
Tickets at the gate are $10 for ages 18 and older and $5 for ages 6-17. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Gates and vendors open at 4 p.m. today at the rodeo grounds, 1001 San Clemente at Clary Drive. Competition starts at 6 p.m.
There will be food vendors, vendors selling Western art and memorabilia and other vendors and activities as well. Dance Trax 51 will presents a shows during intermission; competition concludes around 8:30 p.m. and the collection of rodeo queens on hand will sign autographs while country-rock band LittleTown strikes up for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s rodeo dance
On Saturday, gates and vendors will open at 9 a.m. as slack riding begins. There will be horseshoe and corn hole tournaments prior to the start of rodeo competition at 10 a.m.
Li’l Wranglers Rodeo will begin at 11 a.m. Junior barrel racing starts at 2 p.m.
The Colorado River Round Up Princess will be crowned during the evening rodeo performance, which begins at 5 p.m. During the intermission, there will be a free calf scramble for ages 7-10. Once again, the rodeo queens will sign autographs and LittleTown will play for the rodeo dance.
The Needles Rodeo Association donates proceeds from the event back to the Tri-state community.
Go to www.needlesrodeo.com for more information on the event.