Two rodeos shine at Santaquin Orchard Days — one cute, one competitive

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The Orchard Days Rodeo  is on Aug. 4 and 5. (Photo courtesy of Santaquin City Facebook)

Santaquin residents will celebrate their city with a little western flair beginning this weekend.

Santaquin Orchard Days begins at 8 a.m. on July 29 with an official raising of the American flag and a speech from Mayor Kirk Hunsaker. The western flair will come from the two rodeos that are part of the Santaquin Orchard Days: the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association Orchard Days Rodeo and the Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo.

 

Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo is at 4 p.m. on July 29. (Photo courtesy of Santaquin Facebook)

Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo

Children ages eight to 18 are invited to participate in most categories at the Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo at 4 p.m on July 29. Children ages seven and younger are eligible to compete in the sheep riding.

“The Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo is really fun for the little cowboys and cowgirls who are becoming big little cowboys and cowgirls,” said Amy Johnson, Santaquin recreation and events manager.

Usually, the Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo is held in the afternoon, but this year the rodeo will start in the late afternoon and run into the evening. They have over 300 children registered for the competitions, which is about twice as many as they have had in past years.

The seven competition categories are separated into the age ranges of junior (8-10), intermediate (11-13) and senior (14-18). Pre-registration is required. Tickets cost $1 a person and can be purchased at the event.

Events include sheep riding, barrels, poles, goat tying, break away roping, mini bull riding and team roping.

First place winners of each category will receive a belt buckle. Second and third place winners will also receive prizes. The All Around cowgirl and cowboy will each receive a saddle. The Reserved All Around cowgirl and cowboy will each receive a belt buckle.

Orchard Days Rodeo

The Orchard Days Rodeo is on Aug. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo on Aug. 5 will be the special cancer awareness night titled “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” They encourage attendees to join in the awareness night by wearing pink.

“It’s fun because you see all the cowboys out there in pink,” Johnson said. 

The Orchard Days Rodeo is a part of the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association. They were voted Rodeo of the Year Award for eight consecutive years, and this year they hope to receive the honored title once more.

Rodeo tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children. A $1 discount is given to those who purchase tickets on the Santaquin website or at the Santaquin City Offices.

 

Events Schedule

July 29

  • 8 a.m. – Flag Raising and Kickoff
  • 4 p.m. – Little Buck-A-Roo Rodeo

July 31

  • Dusk – Movie in the Park, “Moana”

Aug. 1

  • 6 p.m. – Youth Home Run Derby
  • 8 p.m. – Women’s Home Run Derby

Aug. 2

  • 6 p.m. – Men’s Home Run Derby

Aug. 4 

  • 7:30 p.m. – RMPRA Orchard Days Rodeo

Aug. 5

  • 10 a.m. – Grand Parade
  • 7:30 p.m. – RMPRA Orchard Days Rodeo

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Santaquin Orchard Days website.

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