60th Gibson Rodeo coming

Breakaway roper Riley Rich was a big winner at last year’s Gibson Rodeo, pocketing $448.80.

With the 60th annual Hoot Gibson Memorial Rodeo on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking western.

On Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, the Hoot Gibson Arena on the west edge of Tekamah will host some of the top performers on the United, Interstates and Mid-States rodeo circuits. The Gibson rodeo, one of the largest in northeast Nebraska, is owned and operated by the Tri-County Saddle Club. One of the city’s top attractions, rodeo action starts at 8 p.m. both nights, rain or shine.

Concessions, including a beer garden, are available on the grounds.

Advance tickets are available at a reduced price from Dick’s Western Store, Greg’s Barber Shop and Washington County bank in Tekamah. Tickets also are available at the gate.

Silver Creek Rodeo Co. of Arkansas City, Kan., again will provide the quality stock that draws cowboys, and cowgirls, from several states to the Hoot Gibson Rodeo.

Winners of each event receive a nice payday with funds provided by the saddle club and area event sponsors.

A $500 added purse awaits the winner of the bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc events, as well as the steer wrestling, calf roping and barrel racing and breakaway roping events. There is even a 40-and-over age group in the roping contest, and a $250 added money purse, and a category for mixed roping teams.

Unlike most professional rodeos, the Hoot Gibson Memorial allows local competitors to join the action. Prospects may enter by calling 918-371-2048 on Sunday, May 26, between 2 and 7 p.m.. E-mail entries can be sent to randy@silvercreekrodeo.com.

In addition to the two main performances, an additional slack performance is set for Friday night.

For the younger set, mutton busting, a boot race and a stick horse race will be held both nights.

On Friday, a new rodeo queen and princess are expected to be crowned. The contest will be held Sunday, May 26, at the rodeo grounds. The coronation and presentation of gifts will be held prior to Friday night’s action.

Queen contestants must be between the ages of 14 and 22, princess contestants must be between the ages of 9 and 13. Judging is based on western horsemanship and rodeo knowledge. The new queen must be available for Tri-County Saddle Club activities.

More information about the contest is available by calling Lisa Thompson at 402-619-7283.