Cavalcade invades fairgrounds

Nathan Thompson |
Jade Wilstead of the Owasso Wranglers finishes her pattern and heads to talk to the judges during the Cavalcade Queen horsemanship competition on Monday night. Courtesy The Rodeo Circuit OK

The 71st annual Cavalcade Rodeo is in full swing at the Osage County Fairgrounds through Sunday, bringing thousands of fans to town for the benchmark event for the International Roundup Club.

Amateur roping and riding clubs from across the country converge on Pawhuska for the week-long festivities. Competition began Wednesday morning and lasts through Sunday.

According to the official Cavalcade website, at least 12 different rodeo and wild-west contests will be going on all week including bareback bronc riding, bull riding, wild horse races, team roping, wild cow milking, calf roping, pony express races, barrel races, pole bending, flag races, chuck wagon races and the queen contest.

Tuesday night, participants and fans converged on the Ag Building out at the fairgrounds for the queen’s barbecue and fashion show before moving out to the heart of town for the annual street dance along Kihekah. Toe-tapping country favorites from Mark Chamberlain and the Whiskey Poet Society and booths lined the streets for the party downtown.

Starting Wednesday night and going all the way through Saturday, the grand entry and evening performance starts at 7 p.m. with a concert under the stars at the fairgrounds each evening after the rodeo is over.

Folks will clamor into the fairgrounds Thursday through Friday mornings, with the morning performances at 9 a.m.

Saturday morning, the streets of downtown Pawhuska will be filled with people from all over for the Cavalcade parade, which steps off at 10 a.m.

Sunday, the finals performance begins at 11 a.m., where the best of the best will compete again for the top prizes in their rodeo categories.

Tickets for the morning performances are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Evening rodeo performances are $10 for adults and $3 for children.

Wednesday night’s concert featuring Read Southall is $10 for tickets and the Thursday through Saturday night concerts are $20 each.

All-access passes are also still available as well.

For more information, visit Cavalcade’s website at, or call the main office in the Women’s Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds at 918-978-RODEO (7633).