American Heroes Hawley Rodeo kicks off this weekend

American Heroes Hawley Rodeo kicks off this weekend Click to Enlarge

HAWLEY (KDLM) - The 59th annual American Heroes Hawley Rodeo kicks off this weekend in Hawley and expects to bring thousands to the hillside rodeo arena nestled along the Buffalo River.

Dating back to 1960 the Hawley Rodeo is an annual event. The small town of Hawley, Minnesota rolls out the western hospitality annually and celebrates the community and ProRodeo contestants.

Gretchen Kirchmann one of the event organizers says the Hawley Rodeo is a special event because, "it's small town america at it's best that hosts a big PRCA rodeo attracting rodeo world champions from around the world".

Rodeo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country. The popularity of the sport has as strong sense of tradition and value. Patriotism is at the core of Barnes PRCA Rodeo productions. The Iowa-based stock contracting company is known for paying respect to the United States Armed Forces during their rodeo performances. American flags flown over the bucking chutes and during the grand entry are signature elements at Barnes PRCA Rodeos across the country.

This year's rodeo will feature the seven standard rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

The rodeo will also include a specialty act, Scott Cameron the rodeo clown who brings Snowflake, a giant teddy bear that helps him fight bulls in the arena. Kichmann says, "he's amazing and funny - often times the bucking bulls will come out and pop Snowflake high in the air".

Tickets to this year's rodeo are $15 at the gate ($7 for children) and can be purchased by calling 218-483-3331 or at HawleyRodeo.com

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