The 55th edition of the annual Ogden Pioneer Days celebration gets under way July 14 and concludes July 25.
Centerpiece of the activities is the Ogden Pioneers Days Rodeo July 20-23 and 25.The event, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys of America, again will be held at the Ogden stadium in Lorin Farr Park, 668 17th Street. The park and stadium facilities have been in use since the turn of the century and are touted as "the most spectacular outdoor setting for a rodeo in the West." The stadium seats approximately 13,000.
Contestants will compete for some $80,000 in prize money derived from entry fees, from the committee purse of $24,000 and from sponsoring businesses.
Events include the traditional bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping. Interspersed will be specialty acts such as sky divers, junior posse barrel racing, the Weber County mounted sheriff's posse precision drill, businessmen's steer decorating and clown acts. Each performance through the 23rd will be concluded with a fireworks display.
Included in the price of admission are pre-rodeo activities which begin at 6:30 p.m. Featured Wednesday and Thursday will be "Mutton Bustin," children riding sheep; Friday, a horse jumping exhibition; and Saturday, Miss Rodeo Utah contestants will perform free-style horsemanship. Monday pre-rodeo activities conclude with a concert by the Dorothy Doerr band.
The colorful and traditional grand entry begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly, just after sky divers jump into the stadium.
Lewis Feild, the 1985, 1986 and 1987 World All-Around Champion Cowboy, is expected to make an appearance. Feild hails from Elk Ridge, Utah County, and formerly competed as a member of the Weber State College rodeo team.
One innovative feature of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo is the fact that announcer Bob Feist works from horseback in the arena using a cordless microphone. This puts him close to the action and allows for post-ride interviews and analysis.
Some 15 contestants from throughout the state will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo Utah July 21-23. The queen will be crowned by Gov. Norm Bangerter and other dignitaries during the rodeo at about 9 p.m. July 25.
General admission tickets for adults are $6 except on July 25 when they increase to $7. General admission for children is $3 each night. Reserved box seating is also available. Call 629-8295 for ticket information.
July 20 is family discount night.