The grass is mowed, the grounds are prepped, and fans from across the region are in for a show with the twenty-second-annual Oregon Trail Rodeo coming up this Labor Day weekend, said Sandy Himmelberg, manager of the Adams County Fairgrounds and overseer of the rodeo since its inception in 1992.
The rodeo will have more than 180 contestants this year, which is a big turnout compared to last year's 160 competitors. Those showcasing their talents in the ring will include several well-known names in the rodeo world.
Team roper Rich Skelton, an eight-time world champion, and Nick Sartain, the 2009 world champ in team roping, will both compete. Other well-known contestants include Jesse Bail, a 12-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in saddle bronc riding, and brothers Jacobs Crawley and Sterling Crawling who are currently ranked sixth and thirteenth in the world in saddle bronc riding.
Six individuals who are currently ranked in the top 15 in the world in their events will compete over the course the weekend.