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Professional rodeo returns to St. Croix County

The 2011 St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo will take place Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds and Fairplex, home of the St. Croix County Fair, Glenwood City.

The rodeo, brought to the area by the Barnes Rodeo Stock Co., is led by patriarch Bob Barnes. The Barnes Rodeo Stock Co. has been going down the rodeo trail for more than 60 years.

According to Barnes Rodeo, the combination of top quality rough stock animals and professional cowboys and cowgirls results in "a top quality, professional show that leave rodeo fans satisfied and craving more."

Additionally, Barnes's Rodeos are well known for their matched saddle horses and patriotic openings.

A special feature of this year's show is internationally reknown equine extremist Tommie Turvey. Turvey has been riding horses since he was 5 years old. He is a dedicated trainer, equine entertainer and professional stuntman.

Again this year rodeo organizers will be celebrating military heroes Friday Night with a special gate discount for all current and former military personnel, with a valid military ID.

Following the Friday rodeo performance, the Hillbilly Mafia band will perform under the big tent.

Saturday is family night featuring Fantasy Corral, an exotic petting zoo and pony rides.

Both nights there will be nickel and calf scrambles for young buckaroos. By popular demand, both night's young lads and lassies will get a chance to enter the Muttin Bustin arena and have a go.

Last year Cletus the Mechanical Bull debuted as a challenge for all comers. He is back by popular demand in the concession tent ready to go for bull riders of all ages.

Along with the rodeo, this year there will be an AHBA Stock Dog Trial on Saturday, June 18, starting at 8 a.m.

In a timed event, several breeds of working/trial dogs will demonstrate their ability to herd a group of five or six sheep through obstacles and into a pen. Following the trials, in the afternoon there will be demonstrations of steers being worked by the dogs, plus the opportunity to instinct test your dog. For more information contact Sunny DeYoung 715-265-4056. For spectators, this is a paid admission event requiring purchase of a rodeo ticket, available at the gate or in advance.

For more information, advance discount ticket locations or to buy discount tickets online, visit

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Amie Salmon at 651-245-8205.

Dean Lemay and Travis Tiegen are this year's rodeo committee co-chairmen.