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Big names to highlight 67th annual Elgin Stampede

ELGIN — Some of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s best and brightest cowboys and cowgirls will descend upon Elgin Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 67th annual Elgin Stampede rodeo.

And the weekend is shaping up to be a good one.

“This is going to be one of the biggest years for us,” said Rob Moore, a board of directors member for the Elgin Stampede. “We’ve already broke the record for ticket sales.”

Friday night is the Mark Nichols Memorial bull riding.

Forty cowboys will compete for a purse of $5,000 plus a $10,000 added purse.

Popular PRCA riders like Cheyne Olney, Klay Lanham and Kyle Joslin, along with local riders Will Burgess, Clint Johnson and Lane Bailey will tangle with some of the best bulls Big Bend/Flying 5 Rodeo Co. have to offer.

“The bull riding has just grown every year we’ve done it,” Moore said. “It’s great.”

Saturday is the start of the PRCA rodeo and fans can expect plenty of good rodeo action, according to Moore.

Dakota Eldridge, the all-around champion at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show last month, will compete in tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

Blake Knowles, Brandon Beers, Jim Ross Cooper and other National Finals Rodeo qualifiers will also be in attendance for the weekend.

“People like this show because it stays rodeo,” Moore said. “It doesn’t slow down for races or anything. It’s just rodeo. And fans can be right there at the fence to watch it.”

Moore said 30 barrel racers will compete on Friday night during the Mark Nichols Memorial bull riding, and 40 more are signed up for the weekend’s slack.

“The barrel racing is looking good,” Moore said. “The arena is in good shape, and the riders are liking the ground.”

The Elgin Stampede is the third stop on the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series.

The first stop was the EOLS, and the second stop was the St. Paul Rodeo last weekend. The fourth and final stop is Chief Joseph Days, which starts July 24.

Clint Robinson is leading the Harley Tucker standings with 10 points, while George Gillespie IV is second with 7.43 points.

Rodeo competitors are coming off what is considered “Cowboy Christmas,” the Fourth of July stretch that pays out big money and helps improve world standings.

The rodeo action is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday night, with Saturday’s rodeo starting at 7 p.m. as well.

Sunday’s rodeo performance starts at 2 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for children. 

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