The Third Annual Kiwanis Ranch Rodeo will be held July 9 and 10 at the Quay County Fair Grounds in Tucumcari.
Working ranch teams from the United States and Canada use their everyday working ranch skills and compete in Ranch Bronc Riding, team doctoring, team penning, wild cow milking, team branding and the wild horse race hoping to be the top winning team in each event. “My favorite event,” said Kiwanis member Ross Harmon and owner of Tucumcari’s K-Bob’s Steakhouse “is the wild cow milking. I love to see these professional cowboys try to milk a momma cow who definitely doesn’t want to be milked. Anything can happen. It’s hilarious.” According to organizers, this is the third year the Kiwanis Ranch Rodeo has hosted one of the Working Ranch Cowboy Association sanctioned competitions.
Ranch teams compete all season with the top scoring teams qualifying for the annual world championship Ranch Rodeo Finals held in Amarillo every November.
According to Harmon last year three of the teams taking part in the Tucumcari competition went on to the World Championship. “I think that says something about what good quality teams we have here,” said Harmon.
Harmon said last year the Kiwanis Ranch Rodeo in Tucumcari paid out over $13,000 in prize money for cowboys and women taking part in the competition.
“We are expecting about 200 participants in the rodeo and about 700 people through the gates,” said Harmon.
Harmon said the San Jon High School junior class handles the concessions at the rodeo and the money helps provide them with a bit of cash for their senior year.
Each day’s performance begins at 4 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m.. Included in the gate admission on Saturday is a barbecue meal. Tickets Adult-$7. Children under 12-$2.50.