68th annual Cavalcade to begin with Saturday warm ups

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Barrel racer Chelsea Reed Evans participates in a Saturday play day at the Wynona Round Up Club Arena. Riders and ropers from all around the region are making final preparations for next week’s International Roundup Clubs Cavalcade, which runs next Tuesday through Sunday at the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena. The Pawhuska Round Up Club will host a warm-up for the 68th-annual amateur rodeo this Saturday night at the local arena, where horsemanship competitions for Cavalcade Queen contestants are scheduled on Monday night. Jack Buzbee/Journal-Capital

“The World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo” returns here next week for a 68th straight year as the International Roundup Clubs’ Cavalcade 2014 runs Monday through Sunday, July 14-20, in the arena at Pawhuska’s Osage County Fairgrounds.

Cavalcade activities include a Tuesday night street dance and nine rodeo performances — which begin Tuesday and continue through to the finals on Sunday. There also is the downtown parade on Saturday, plus week-long competitions involving contestants for Cavalcade Queen.

Events will kick off Saturday evening when Pawhuska Round Up Club hosts a Cavalcade Warm-Up at the arena. Pole exhibitions are scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and barrel exhibitions will be held from 6:35-7:35 p.m. At 8 p.m., a BBR Open 5D Barrel Race is planned with $1,000 in added money.

Live musical entertainment begins Tuesday night with the free street dance in downtown Pawhuska — which this year is to feature the Jason Savory Band.

Evening rodeo performances are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday with the Grand entry set for 7 p.m. Morning performances start at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. The Cavalcade Parade on Saturday begins making its way through downtown Pawhuska at 10 a.m.

The Rodeo Finals Performance begins Sunday at 11 a.m.

Performing after Wednesday night’s rodeo will be Two Steps Back. The Josh Abbott Band is set to take the stage following the rodeo events on Thursday. Featured band for Friday night will be Jason Boland and The Stragglers. The Saturday night entertainment is going to be the Casey Donahew Band.

Advance tickets are available to the Cavalcade’s Wednesday-through-Saturday music performances. Ticket information for all Cavalcade events can be obtained by calling (918) 978-7633 or by going to the CavalcadeRodeo.com website.

The schedule for Cavalcade 2014 includes:

Sunday, July 13:

1-5 p.m. — Cavalcade Office opens for clubs to pick up packets

Monday, July 14:

1 p.m. — Queen Orientation at Fairgrounds Ag Building

7 p.m. — Queen Horsemanship at Fairgrounds Arena

Tuesday, July 15:

9 a.m. — Morning rodeo performance

2:30 p.m. — Queen Interviews at Fairgrounds Ag Building

5 p.m. — Queen’s Pageant BBQ and Fashion Show (discount tickets available in advance or pay cash at the door) in the Ag Building

8 p.m. — Cavalcade Street Dance with Jason Savory in downtown Pawhuska

Wednesday, July 16:

9 a.m. — Morning rodeo performance

7 p.m. — Grand Entry and Evening Rodeo Performance

10 p.m. — Dance Under the Stars with 2 Steps Back

Thursday, July 17:

9 a.m. — Morning rodeo performance

11:30 a.m. — Kiddo Day (free ddmission with $5 entry fee) in Fairgrounds Indoor Arena

7 p.m. — Grand Entry and Evening Rodeo Performance

10 p.m. — Dance Under the Stars with Josh Abbott Band

Friday, July 18:

9 a.m. — Morning rodeo performance

2 p.m. — Cavalcade Blaze – Youth Ministry

7 p.m. — Grand Entry and Evening Rodeo Performance

10 p.m. — Dance Under the Stars with Jason Boland and the Stragglers

Saturday, July 19:

10 a.m. — Cavalcade Parade through downtown Pawhuska

7 p.m. — Grand Entry and Evening Rodeo Performance

10 p.m. — Dance Under the Stars with Casey Donahew Band

12 midnight — Midnight Mass

Sunday, July 20:

11 a.m. — Rodeo Finals Performance

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