It’s almost time to Cowboy Up

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Consistency has been a local hallmark of the 4 Bar Roundup Club, which will shoot for its fourth straight title as Best All Around Club in Pawhuska’s weeklong amateur rodeo.

The International Roundup Club’s 70th-annual Cavalcade will have its seven-day run July 18-24 at Osage County Fairgrounds’ Ben Son Johnson Arena.

Last year, 4 Bar’s 55 members won Cavalcade’s Best Club honor for a record 15th time — despite entries representing over 120 riding, roping and roundup clubs, the most ever. The Yale-area club has been a top contender since making its first Cavalcade appearance 30 years ago, with 4 Bar title No. 1 coming on its second try, in 1987.

Owasso Roundup Club has been 4 Bar’s main competition in recent years and owns 11 all-time club titles, garnered between 1965 and 2012.Turley has won Best Club honors 12 times — the second-highest total.

If 4 Bar wins a fourth consecutive All Around award, it would be the fifth Cavalcade club to do so. The Edna, Kan. RUC was the first four-peat club in 1957. Owasso completed the feat in 1968, followed by the Bartlesville Sooner Saddlers (1974-1977) and Turley RUC (1982-85).

The 2016 Cavalcade’s nine rodeo performances include four (Tuesday through Friday) that start at 9 a.m., four (Wednesday through Saturday) beginning at 7 p.m. and the Sunday finals, which get under way at 11 a.m.

Cavalcade’s 12 events (including some with junior, intermediate and senior divisions) are bareback bronc riding, bull riding, wild horse races, team roping, wild cow milking, calf roping, pony express races, barrel races, pole bending, flag races and chuck wagon races.

Nineteen candidates are entered in this year’s Cavalcade Queen Contest. The parade through downtown will be Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

The build-up to Cavalcade begins Friday, July 15, with a Pawhuska Round Up Club-hosted Play Day. All Cavalcaders are welcome at this event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Osage County Fairgrounds’ Ben Son Johnson Arena.

A Cavalcade Warm-Up will be held Saturday, July 16, at the OCF Arena. Pole Exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. are to be followed by Barrel Exhibitions around 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 p.m., there will be Open 5D Barrel Races (BBR approval pending), with at least $1,000 added money.

On Sunday, July 17, the Cavalcade Office opens. (Due to a pending construction project, this year’s office is being moved to the OCF Women’s Building, slightly west of its previous location.) Clubs can check in and pick up contest packets from 1-5 p.m.

As always, dances are scheduled after each of the night rodeo performances.