Cowboys saddle up for year two of Grand Island Roundup

Cowboys saddle up for year two of Grand Island Roundup (NTV News)

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.

Schedule:

Thursday

Thursday 8:00 AM PRCA Timed Event Slack Five Points Bank Arena

Thursday Noon-7:30 PM Grand Island Round Up Trade Show Pinnacle Bank Expo Center

Thursday 2:00 PM Jackpot Team Roping Five Points Bank Arena

Thursday 4:30-5:45 PM VIP/MEDIA Social HEC Eihusen Arena

Thursday 7:30 PM PRCA Rodeo HEC Eihusen Arena

Friday

Friday 8:00 AM WPRA Barrel Racing Slack HEC Eihusen Arena

Friday 10:00 AM-7:30 PM Grand Island Round Up Trade Show Pinnacle Bank Expo Center

Friday Noon Jackpot Barrel Racing Five Points Bank Arena

Friday 2:00 PM Fonner Park Live Racing Fonner Park Grandstand

Friday 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Junkin' in the Heartland Pinnacle Bank Expo Center

Friday 7:30 AM PRCA Rodeo HEC Eihusen Arena

Friday 9:00 PM Jessy Karr Band Aurora Coop Pavilion

Saturday

Saturday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM UNL Block & Bridle Show Five Points Bank Arena

Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM Grand Island Round Up Trade Show Pinnacle Bank Expo Center

Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Junkin' in the Heartland Pinnacle Bank Expo Center

Saturday 10:00 AM Ranch Rodeo Prelims HEC Eihusen Arena

Saturday 1:30 - 6:00 PM Fonner Park Live Racing Fonner Park Grandstand

Saturday 7:30 PM PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding & Ranch Rodeo Finals HEC Eihusen Arena

Saturday 9:00 PM Whiskey Bent Band Aurora Coop Pavilion

Sunday 1:30 - 6 pm Fonner Park Live Racing Fonner Park Grandstand

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