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Rosewood Rodeo returns
Expo III the place to be for free fun family entertainment
Courtesy photo Rosewood Rodeo spectators have traditionally been treated to drill-team performances. This is the first year that “4 State Riders” will provide two performances during Rosewood Rodeo. The public is invited to attend the performances, in addition to participating in other come-and-go events throughout the day.
Rosewood Rodeo’s silent auction annually provides a fun opportunity to purchase quality items at well under market value. Proceeds from the sale of the items, which are donated by community businesses, go directly to Rosewood Roots and Wings Foundation, committed to helping to fund endeavors for people with developmental disabilities. This year’s auction features a portable Traeger Grill, donated by Eldridge Fencing, among more than 40 items provided by community members and businesses.

After a year hiatus, Rosewood Rodeo is back. The event provides free, fun rodeo entertainment to the community and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Great Bend Expo III Arena, two miles west on 10th and Patton Road.

The annual rodeo is one of the most important days of the year for equine-therapy riders from Rosewood Services who practice their riding skills at Rosewood Ranch on a weekly basis throughout the year. The ranch is a full-working horse ranch near Pawnee Rock where people with developmental disabilities learn to ride and care for approximately 75 horses. 

Throughout the Rosewood Rodeo, families can experience children’s activities and games, and face painting. It’s a come-and-go event for spectators, so they can choose the times they wish to attend. Reasonably priced Chuck Wagon Concessions are available, which includes a pulled pork lunch.

In between the day’s rodeo events are two performances by the all-female “4 State Riders” horse riding drill team. “4 State Riders” will perform at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m., featuring two different programs during each performance (All performance times are approximate.)

The 17th Annual Rosewood Rodeo’s grand entry and flag ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Then, throughout the day, therapeutic rodeo events will be held for Rosewood Services riders, including an event for children riders, followed by the award ceremony at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

During the rodeo, the public can participate in a silent auction, where you can expect to find excellent deals on merchandise, with all bids closing at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the auction go to Rosewood’s non-profit Roots & Wings Foundation. The foundation provides therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities to people in need who have developmental disabilities. 

Plan to attend any or all of the days’ events while browsing tack-shop merchandise, which will be available throughout the day. 

A listing of events slated for this year’s Rosewood Rodeo:

• Kids’ Games and Activities, including Face Painting

• “4 State Riders” Drill Team Performances

• Tack Shop with Novelties and Rosewood Client-Made Items

• Silent Auction

• Chuck Wagon Concessions, including Pulled Pork Lunch

• Three Rodeo Events by Rosewood Services Adult Riders

• One Rodeo Event by Rosewood Services Children Riders

• Staff Races

• Award Ceremony for Rodeo Participants