World class cowboys saddle up for year two of the Grand Island Roundup, bringing the adrenaline rush of rodeo to the Heartland Events Center.
“It's fun, it's in your face, it's a great time. I know our family is planning on coming,” said Brad Mellema of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Big time rodeo is back for the second time in Grand Island.
Mellema said, “There were several people who came last year. It was their first rodeo and they were able to learn about it and excited to come back. I hear again and again and again.”
The head of the visitors bureau hopes the community supports it so it can become a signature event.
Mellema said, “Community leaders, business leaders want to build this rodeo into something that's lasting and grow it into something with multi–day events into the future.”
The Grand Island Roundup features the professional, in PRCA competition.
Promoter Steve Sutton said, “The contestants that will be here this weekend are competing to win dollars which advance them to the National Finals Rodeo in December. In football that's like Super Bowl, in baseball that's like the World Series.”
Plus local cowboys compete in the ranch rodeo. In addition, there’s a trade show, draft horses, bands, and bull riding.
Sutton said, “We've got three days that are packed of things to do then you've got your horse racing that's been here 65 years.”
The event is using five buildings on the Fonner Park campus.
“It's a great facility. There's not any secret any more. It's got out that Grand Island has an excellent facility,” Sutton said.
And Sutton Rodeo hopes to put on an event that lives up to that, as the cowboys saddle up for year two.
Thursday 8:00 AMPRCA Timed Event SlackFive Points Bank Arena
Thursday Noon-7:30 PMGrand Island Round Up Trade ShowPinnacle Bank Expo Center
Thursday 2:00 PMJackpot Team RopingFive Points Bank Arena
Thursday 4:30-5:45 PMVIP/MEDIA SocialHEC Eihusen Arena
Thursday 7:30 PMPRCA RodeoHEC Eihusen Arena
Friday 8:00 AMWPRA Barrel Racing SlackHEC Eihusen Arena
Friday 10:00 AM-7:30 PMGrand Island Round Up Trade ShowPinnacle Bank Expo Center
Friday NoonJackpot Barrel RacingFive Points Bank Arena
Friday 2:00 PMFonner Park Live RacingFonner Park Grandstand
Friday 5:00 PM-7:00 PMJunkin' in the HeartlandPinnacle Bank Expo Center
Friday 7:30 AMPRCA RodeoHEC Eihusen Arena
Friday 9:00 PMJessy Karr BandAurora Coop Pavilion
Saturday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PMUNL Block & Bridle ShowFive Points Bank Arena
Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:30 PMGrand Island Round Up Trade ShowPinnacle Bank Expo Center
Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PMJunkin' in the HeartlandPinnacle Bank Expo Center
Saturday 10:00 AMRanch Rodeo PrelimsHEC Eihusen Arena
Saturday 1:30 - 6:00 PMFonner Park Live RacingFonner Park Grandstand
Saturday 7:30 PMPRCA Xtreme Bull Riding & Ranch Rodeo FinalsHEC Eihusen Arena
Saturday 9:00 PMWhiskey Bent BandAurora Coop Pavilion
Sunday 1:30 - 6 pmFonner Park Live RacingFonner Park Grandstand