Sunday finale draws a crowd

Nathan Thompson
The 71st annual Cavalcade Rodeo came to a close Sunday at the Osage County Fairgrounds, with 24 different competitions in the finals occurring, including calf roping. Nathan Thompson/Journal-Capital

The 71st annual Cavalcade came to an end Sunday at the Osage County Fairgrounds with the finals Competition, featuring the best of the best from the almost weeklong rodeo.

Thousands of spectators from across the area came out to root on their favorite competitors and Round Up Clubs as participants worked toward the awards in 24 different events ranging from bull riding to chuck wagon races and everything in between.

Garrett Wilson and his family came to town from Skiatook to support the different clubs during Sunday’s finals performance.

“This is such a great event and for it to be going on for such a long time speaks highly for the contest,” Wilson said. “It is one of the highlights of the year.”

As the participants and the queen contestants for this year’s Cavalcade, the Oklahoma heat combined with the humidity in the air made for a tough year. Weather forecasts called for the possibility of storms to hit the arena, but as the clouds slipped away, crowds came out in droves.

“We make this trip every year,” Conner Jamison said, who came in from rural southeast Kansas. “We didn’t have a team this year, but we came out to support all of the others. Rodeo is such a fun thing for us, and this is one of the best around.”

The morning performance started with the queen’s contest, where 12 ladies vied for the title of 2017 Cavalcade Queen after a week-long of events. Then the Bareback Bronc Riding competition began followed by all the other events for the day.

A full listing of Cavalcade winners is listed inside this edition of the Pawhuska Journal-Capital.

As for next year’s Cavalcade Rodeo, Jamison said his family will make the journey back to the Osage County Fairgrounds.

“As long as my health continues to do well, I will be back here supporting all these Round Up Clubs,” he said.