The 2021 Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series begins Friday and Saturday, July 30-31 with the Wilson County Fair Rodeo, Fredonia.
The series continues with the Inter-State Fair Rodeo, Coffeyville, Wednesday and Thursday, August 11-12 and Linn County Fair Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, August 13-14.
The series concludes with the Eureka Pro Rodeo, Eureka, Friday and Saturday, August 20-21.
“The Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series, which began in 1984, is designed to raise awareness of the Professional Rodeo Association Rodeos in southeast Kansas among both rodeo contestants and spectators,” stated series coordinator John Teagarden, Mound City.
The four-member rodeo associations annually bring the top PRCA entertainment and rodeo livestock to the area.
Nine-time Comedy Act Of The Year nominee (2017 Winner) Gizmo McCracken, Wheaton, Missouri will be the featured entertainment at Fredonia, Coffeyville and Mound City.
Rockin Robbie Hodges, Cave Springs, GA, eight-time ‘Coors Man in The Can’ barrel man will entertain the spectators at Eureka.
Rodeo stock contractors Silver Creek Rodeo Co., Stephenville, Texas (at Fredonia), New Frontier Rodeo, Gypsum, Kansas (at Coffeyville and Mound City) and United Pro Rodeo, Palestine, Texas (at Eureka) will bring a number of National Finals Rodeo and Circuit Finals nominated bucking horses and bulls to the respective rodeos.
Four highly regarded rodeo announcers will call the action at the Eastern Kansas Rodeos.
Kelly Kenney, Humansville, Missouri will announce Fredonia. Justin McKee, Stephenville, Texas is at Coffeyville. Troy Goodridge, Uniontown, Kansas will be in the ‘Crows Nest’ at Mound City and Scott Grover, Weston, Missouri, returns to Eureka for the 10th straight year.
Women's Breakaway Roping has been added to the event lineup at Fredonia, Mound City and Eureka. Breakaway Roping, so named when the contestant ropes the running calf around the neck and the rope breaks away from the saddle horn, signaling completed time.
Breakaway Roping, long a staple event of high school and college rodeos, was officially added to PRCA Rodeos in 2019. It is the fastest growing event in professional rodeo, according to PRCA officials.
Steer Roping returns to Fredonia and Coffeyville.
Rodeo contestants must compete in all four series rodeos to be eligible for their event championship buckle or the runner-up award-an engraved Moore Maker Knife.
More information on each rodeo can be found on their respective Facebook sites: Wilson County Kick Open The Chutes PRCA Rodeo, Inter-State Fair & Rodeo, Linn County Fair & Rodeo and Eureka Pro Rodeo.