70th Cavalcade hitting full stride

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Pipers won’t be piping, but there may be maids a-milking before the 70th-annual Cavalcade concludes its seven-day run at the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena.

The “World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo” will have evening performances Wednesday through Saturday and morning performances Thursday and Friday. Evening performances begin with a grand entry at 7 p.m. and the morning shows start at 9 a.m. The Cavalcade finals will start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Cavalcade schedules released Sunday showed nearly 1,500 entries in this year’s competitions. The entrants represent hundreds of roping/riding/roundup clubs from Oklahoma and Kansas.

Following warmup events last weekend, the event’s first performance was Monday night when 19 candidates for Cavalcade Queen competed in the Queen’s Horsemanship Contest. A Cavalcade Street Dance was held Tuesday night in downtown Pawhuska.

The list of entries includes:

(12) Pony Express riders will be circling the one-mile oval at Osage Downs on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and at Sunday’s Cavalcade finals.

(17) Bareback Bronc entries are to be appearing in all the evening performances and the finals.

(19) Queen contestants

(28) Chuck Wagon Race competitors comprise four-member teams representing seven area clubs. Races are slated for the Tuesday through Friday morning performances and Sunday’s finals. Defending champ: Larry Morphew’s 4-Bar crew.

(42) brave souls in the Wild Horse Race, who form 14 three-man teams that will be trying to hold, saddle, mount and ride one of the spirited equines. Last year, the horses were unridden. This wildest of all Cavalcade events will be featured for evening performances, Wednesday through Saturday.

(43) Bullriding entries will be in action every evening performance from Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday’s finals.

(140) Wild Cow Milking contestants comprising 70 two-person teams.

(119) Flag Racing contestants include 70 junior girls and 49 junior boys.

(207) Calf Roping entries are in three male and three female age divisions. The senior women’s group has the highest number of entries at 52, followed by the senior men’s class with 46, intermediate girls (41) and intermediate boys (30). Therer are 25 junior boys entered and 13 junior girls.

(250) Pole Bending contestants are fairly evenly divided between three co-ed classes — junior, intermediate and senior.

(290) Team Roping competitors include 145 header-healer duos in two age divisions. The senior group has 102 teams entered and the intermediate/junior level, 43.

(335) Barrel Racing entries will compete in four classifications. There are 102 senior women, 97 intermediate men/women, 97 junior girls/boys and 45 senior men.

Adult admission is $5 for all morning rodeo performances and $8 for each evening performance. All-performance admission for children 6 through 12 is $3.

Thursday will be “Kiddo Day” at OCF’s Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena (free admission/$5 entry fee). Children’s activities begin at 11:30 a.m.

The Cavalcade Parade through downtown Pawhuska begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cavalcade will host a Dance Under the Stars each night, Wednesday through Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m. This year’s lineup of musically-inclined entertainers includes John Baumann on Wednesday and Cory Morrow on Thursday. Jason Boland & the Stragglers will play at the Friday night show and Saturday’s final dance feathures Cody Johnson.

The Cavalcade Committee chairman is Jeff Bute and Kate Huddleston serves as secretary. Other Cavalcade officials include arena director Bud Gould, marketing director Joe Sweeden, security director Bart Perrier, queen contest director Eusty Barbee, parade director Paula Tucker and Coggins director Dave Thennes. Also, Delaney Turner is co-marketing director, Scott Williams is facilities/camp director and Joyce Moore is admission director.

Pawhuska Roundup Club officers include: Brandi Linde, president; Stephanie Martin, vice president, and Candi Carr, vice president. The PRUC directors are Brad Swan, Kojak Holloway, Alexis Howell, Jeanne Strom, Joe Sweeden, Jason Howell, Eusty Barbee, Jeff Bute, Bart Perrier and Scott Williams.

The remainder of the 2016 Cavalcade schedule follows:

Wednesday, July 20

Another morning rodeo performance is set at 9 a.m. Cavalcade’s first evening performance begins with a 7 p.m. grand entry. A Dance Under the Stars at 10 p.m. will have music by John Baumann.

Thursday, July 21

A morning performance starts at 9 a.m. “Kiddo Day” begins 11:30 a.m. with children’s events at OCF’s Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena (free admission/$5 entry fee). Grand entry at 7 p.m. for evening performance. Dance Under the Stars begins 10 p.m., featuring Cory Morrow.

Friday, July 22

Morning Performance at 9 a.m. Cavalcade blaze youth ministry, 2 p.m. service. Grand entry at 7 p.m. for evening performance. Dance Under the Stars, 10 p.m., with Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

Saturday, July 23

Cavalcade Parade, downtown Pawhuska, 10 a.m. Grand entry at 7 p.m. for the evening performance; Dance Under the Stars, 10 p.m., with music by Cody Johnson.

Sunday, July 24

Finals performance starts at 11 a.m.