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Oakley City to celebrate July 4 with weekend full of events

Rodeo kicks off on Friday night with a fireworks show

A fireworks show at the Oakley Rodeo.
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Oakley Independence Day Rodeo and Celebration All Tickets: $15.00 Announcer: Wayne Wise Bull Fighters: Joe Butler and Chuck Swisher Barrelman: Justin Rumford Specialty Act: Bobby Kerr Mustang Act Stock Contractor: Bar T Rodeo, Inc. -Information courtesy of Oakley City

Andy Woolstenhulme has been involved with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Oakley Rodeo for more than 10 years. He has watched the event as the event has evolved into one of the top rodeos in the state, drawing world-class athletes to the Kamas Valley over the July 4 weekend.

“It has grown from a local celebration where local cowboys and residents would pull their trucks around and use their headlights to light the arena to a world-class PRCA sanctioned rodeo,” said Woolstenhulme, a rodeo committee member.

More than 500 PRCA Rodeo contestants are expected to compete for a chance to win a portion of the $70,000 purse, Woolstenhulme said, adding “Oakley’s Rodeo is one of the largest in the state.”

“Only the fastest times or highest scored rides will win because there are no guaranteed contracts in rodeo and it depends on how many people enter,” he said. “The purse will then be divided up among the top eight or 10 contestants.”

The 82nd annual Oakley PRCA Rodeo is scheduled to be held June 30, July, 1, 3, and 4. Each show will be followed by fireworks. Tickets are $15 per event, however, Saturday, July 1, and Monday, July 3, are completely sold out. As of Tuesday, tickets were still available for Friday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 4.

“We’ve only got a handful of tickets left so I think people will be disappointed if they try and wait to get tickets at the gate,” Woolstenhulme said on Tuesday. “We are expecting them to sell out in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

This year, winning contestants at the Oakley Rodeo will have an opportunity to qualify for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in Salt Lake City and compete for a share of $1 million in cash and prizes. Woolstenhulme said the rodeo has also partnered with Bill White Farms to provide a petting zoo each night of the rodeo.

“The kids can come and will have a little bit of education about where food comes from and how it ends up on your table,” Woolstenhulme said.

Saturday, July 1, is Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night at the PRCA Rodeo, where contestants and spectators are encouraged to wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness. All proceeds that are raised will benefit women in the Kamas Valley who have been affected by the disease.

“It goes along with the PRCA Rodeo, which is out of California, but when we saw what we could do I wanted to see if we could keep the money here,” said volunteer Charlotte Woolstenhulme. “We’ve helped about eight sisters this year. The money helps them with gas to go to treatments and just little things like that. It has been very nice to be able to help the sisters here.”

Several other events will take place in Oakley over the Fourth of July weekend in addition to the rodeo, including a breakfast, parade, patriotic program, special needs and junior rodeo, 5k race and activities for kids. The theme for this year’s parade is opened ended: America is…

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The route begins at Center Street, near Weber Canyon Road and will then travel along State Road 32. It ends on Boulderville Road and the south entrance of the Oakley Rodeo Grounds.

Amanda Sorensen, a volunteer helping to organize the parade, said they are expecting nearly 55 entries, including the South Summit High School’s marching band, rodeo royalty and Oakley City Council members. She said the open-ended theme is likely to inspire a wide-range of floats.

“Some people have already entered are doing things like, ‘America is families’ or we have a business that says, ‘America is tacos,’” Sorensen said with a laugh. “Others are doing things associated with the Fourth, like ‘America is liberty and freedom,’ while others don’t address the theme specifically. It will be fun.”

Thursday, June 29

  • 5 p.m. Slack

Friday, June 30

  • 4 p.m. Special Needs Rodeo
  • 8 p.m. PRCA Rodeo- Fireworks after the rodeo

Saturday, July 1

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast at the Red Barn
  • 8 p.m. PRCA Rodeo, Tough Enough To Wear Pink night, fireworks after the rodeo
  • Dance after fireworks in Red Barn with live musical performances

Monday, July 3

  • PRCA Rodeo- fireworks after the rodeo

Tuesday, July 4

  • 7 a.m. 5k race
  • 10 a.m. Parade- begins at Center Street and State Road 32
  • 11:30 a.m. Patriotic Program and barbecue- Red Barn
  • 1 p.m. Jr. Rodeo and kids activities
  • 8 p.m. PRCA Rodeo- fireworks after the rodeo

For more information about the events or to purchase tickets contact Oakley City Hall 435-783-5753 or go to http://www.oakleycity.com.

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