By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A larger crowd and more riders are expected when the El Reno Wranglers present a professional rodeo this Friday night to highlight the 67th Annual Canadian County Free Fair.
The International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 inside the 46,000-square-foot arena at the new Canadian County Expo & Event Center, 3001 Jensen Road East in El Reno.
Marie Hirst of the El Reno Wranglers predicted an increase in entries over past years for Friday night’s IPRA rodeo at the Canadian County Free Fair.
Hirst noted some riders will compete first in El Reno and then head west on Interstate 40 to another rodeo later that night in Hinton.
The Canadian Valley Rangerettes’ youth group will be special guests at the big 2021 Canadian County Fair rodeo.
Canadian County Fair Board Secretary Brad Tipton is confident that having an IPRA-sanctioned professional rodeo will provide a huge boost for the annual county fair – presented this year at a new venue.
“We’re expecting a large crowd out here Friday night,” Tipton said. “An IPRA rodeo brings in a whole different caliber of riders and stock.
“And it’s a better-quality rodeo.”
MUTTON BUSTIN’ PRECEDES RODEO
Mutton bustin’ for kids 6 years and under starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with buckles awarded to the winners. Winner of a coloring contest also will earn a buckle as their prize.
Admission to the IPRA rodeo at the Canadian County Free Fair will be $12 for people 13 years and above and $6 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 years and under are admitted free.
For entry information, visit iprarodeo.com
Horse events are among Thursday, Friday and Saturday top attractions of this year’s county fair.
There will be a stick horse rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, the rodeo Friday night, a horse show at 9 a.m. Saturday and barrel racing competitions at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the climate-controlled indoor arena.