Sheriff says Cavalcade attendees well-behaved

Tim Hudson

Local law enforcment will be out for the duration of the Pawhuska Cavalcade but it won’t be any more than usual.

“We will have deputies working the event,” Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said. “But it’s not more than we usually have. We do have extra people on the grounds but it’s not more countywide”

He said patrons of what is billed as the “World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo” are generally well-behaved.

“Being a rodeo most people that come are country people that are pretty respectful. But if there is anything we intervene if we have to and hope to head off any problems,” he said. “We want everyone to have a good time but not get out of hand. It’s a hot time of the year and it’s hard on animals sometimes, that can be an issue too.

The 71st annual International Roundup Clubs’ Cavalcade 2017 will run July 17-23, in the arena at Pawhuska’s Osage County Fairgrounds.

Cavalcade activities include a Tuesday night street dance and nine rodeo performances — which begin July 18 and continue through to the finals on July 23. There also is the downtown parade on Saturday, plus weeklong competitions involving contestants for Cavalcade Queen.