17th Yukon FFA rodeo set Aug. 3-4

A.J. Yocham competes in the bareback riding in the 2017 Yukon FFA Rodeo. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
The 17th edition of the Yukon FFA Rodeo is just a few shorts weeks away and officials are putting their final touches together for the event.
The rodeo set to begin Aug. 3 and conclude the next night.
This is the fourth year that the rodeo has been sanctioned as an IPRA event and professional cowboys from the Central and Southern Divisions will compete.
Tickets for the event will go on sale Tuesday and will be available from any FFA or 4-H member. Tickets can also be purchased at Langston’s Western Wear,
Tickets are $6 in advance or will be $8 at the door. The rodeo is set to start at 8 p.m. each night at the Canadian Cowboy Church Rodeo Arena (formerly the Yukon Round-Up Club Arena),
Sabrina Buller, one of the rodeo officials said the switch to the IPRA (the ACRA can also compete) has increased the competition.
“Joining with the IPRA brings in more professional cowboys and really helps the show,” Buller said. “We try to keep the rodeo crowd-friendly and they want to come and be entertained. We feel we have a good list of entertainment lined up.”
The rodeo will feature bareback and saddle bronc riding, Calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirl barrel racing, cowgirl breakaway roping and bull riding.
There will also be a mutton bustin’ competition on both nights and on Saturday night there will be the annual calf a scramble for youngsters 12 and under.
Rockin’ R Ranch will once again be the stock contractor. Rusty Moreland and his staff have been with the rodeo since its inception and always brings good rough stock.
He will once again bring some of the rankest stock around,
Rich Kay from Pauls Valley will make his debut as to Yukon rodeo announcer. He will team with rodeo clown Michael ‘Gooby’ Smith from Missouri for the entertainment between events.
DJ Darryl Hendrix will provide the before rodeo entertainment and Hank FM’s Hank Tank will also be on hand before the start of the rodeo.