Ribs, rodeo on menu for Waconia this weekend

By Greta Sowles

In a summer full of exciting events, don’t forget about the 3rd annual Extreme Events MN Championship Rodeo held by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The rodeo, which will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds, is sure to please children and adults of all ages.
The rodeo gates open on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. with free pony rides for children, and the actual rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. The Waconia Lions will be providing the concessions for the event.
On Saturday, Extreme Events Minnesota is partnering with Mackenthun’s 10th annual Rib Fest. The Extreme Team, part of the rodeo’s opening ceremony, will be at a dunk tank, and Gizmo McKraken, the rodeo clown, will be performing. A representative from the rodeo will be at Mackenthun’s from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day.
Again on Saturday night, the rodeo gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for free pony rides and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. One of the fan favorites is Cowboy Poker, a game in which four players sit around a table playing poker and a bull is turned loose in the arena. The last player at the table is the winner.
Last year Mayor Jim Nash was one of the brave participants in cowboy poker.
“Rumor has it he really wants back in there,” said rodeo promoter Ted Slathar.
In addition to cowboy poker, there is also a calf scramble for kids, in which kids chase a ribbon on the tails of two calves that are turned loose in the arena.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased in advance at KleinBank and Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia.
“It’s great entertainment for the whole family,” said Slathar.
To find out more about the rodeo, visit www.prorodeo.com or ExtremeEventsMN.com.
Mackenthun’s Rib Fest competition features the best BBQers around and plenty of fun for kids, including a bounce house, pony rides and a dunk tank. Last year, 21 competitors took part in the competition, and the grand prize went to Andrew Busch of Waconia. All of the activities at Rib Fest are free, but donations are accepted, some of which will go to Relay For Life of Waconia.
For more information on Rib Fest, visit www.mackenthunes.com and look under upcoming events.

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