Rodeo arena could get super sprinkler

Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

County and city officials checked out a demonstration of a water cannon, or one heck of a large sprinkler, for the rodeo arena on Tuesday at the county fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds Manager Daniel Estrada said the machine could do in several hours what could take him “two days to do a good job.”

Watering down the arena is necessary to put the sandy soil in peak condition for rodeo and other livestock competitions, as well as for dust suppression when it is not being used, Estrada said.

Manufactured by Micro Rain, the machine has an irrigation width of 170 feet and can push 80 gallons per minute through it’s large sprinkler head or less, said factory representative Todd Hughes of Amarillo.

County Manager Terry Turner said funds for the water cannon are from a $24,404 grant from the Governor’s Rodeo Committee. The grant requires a match from the county, he said.

Among other projects being being considered at the arena are overhauling the roping pens, Turner said.

A decision on the water cannon, which was not getting enough pressure from city water lines, will probably be made by the end of this week, Turner said.

Hughes left the machine with the fairgrounds officials for several days for further examination and use.

Turner said it was possible it would be used for the upcoming competitions in the Cowboys to Cars: The 6th Annual “Best Little Festival on Rt. 66” on July 6-9.

The water cannon will cost about $8,000 and includes a booster pump.