MIAMI — A change in dates hasn’t hurt the number of participants who will compete in Rodeo Miami 2017.
Three hundred seventy-eight cowboys and cowgirls preregistered for the event, presented by Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, throughout the day on Wednesday, June 21.
The rodeo, scheduled for Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, at the Miami Fairgrounds Arena, is a seven-time winner of the American Cowboys Rodeo Association Rodeo of the Year award.
The event originally was scheduled for May 5 and 6, but was pushed back because the fairgrounds and arena were under water.
The area was inundated by high water from the Neosho River because of severe weather that has rolled through the region.
Water completely covered the arena floor on the days the event was originally scheduled.
Plans are to dovetail the rodeo activities around the traditional Fourth of July events in Riverview Park, including the City of Miami and Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza.
There are 11 bareback riders, 14 saddle bronc contestants, 20 bull riders, 40 steer wrestlers, 73 calf ropers, 63 breakaway contestants, 42 teams of team ropers and 73 barrel racers who registered Wednesday.
“Once we get the mutton busting and pee wee and junior barrels in, we will be 400-plus,” rodeo chair Bob Carder said.
This will be the fifth straight year for the number of participants to be more than 400.
One-day advance tickets for adults are $10 and $15 for both performances. Tickets for children ages 4-10 are $5.
At the gate, one-day tickets are $12, $20 for two-day and $5 for children.
Tickets are available at the City of Miami utility office, the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (111 North Main) or at participating Westco locations.
Kids activities will start at 6 p.m. with performances starting at 7 p.m.
Slack will be run Sunday, July 7 starting at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5 at the gate.
The ever-popular Gizmo McCracken will be the rodeo clown and trick rider Haley Ganzel also will be featured.
Hampton Rodeo Company will be the stock contractor.
Kodi Smalygo, a student at Tulsa Community College, was crowned Miss Rodeo Miami 2017 during a ceremony last month.
All VIP sponsor passes will be honored as well as INTEGRIS Kids Night passes.
Buckles will be awarded to event winners.
Activities on the first night of the rodeo include Pink Night and Kids Night.