The Madison County Fair Board confirmed Wednesday that the 2015 Whoopee Days Rodeo will feature trick rider Kyzer Stoddard and the Casperson Miniature Bulls.
Trick rider Kyzer Stoddard is set to perform between the Bronc Riding and Mini-Bull Riding events.
Stoddard, a self-taught trick rider, has been performing for over 10 years. According to www.kyzerstoddard.com, he starred in a nationally aired Chevrolet truck commercial when he was just 10 years old.
The Mini-Bull Riding event, a repeat performance from last year, features miniature bulls from Casperson Miniature Bulls.
These miniature bulls are 36-46 inches tall, the perfect size for any youngsters ages 7-14 to hop on and learn the basics of bull riding before moving on to the big boys. “These bulls don’t know they are short…they’ve got attitude!” according to caspersonminibulls.com.
The rodeo will also feature the comedic talents of rodeo clown Jace Jackman, who will also be participating in one of the roping events.
Board member Rick Sutton said at the start of the meeting, “It’s going to be hard to have the schedule ready because we don’t know how many entries we’ll have.” After a few hours of debate, the 2015 schedule stands as follows:
The rodeo will open at 6:30 p.m. with a preshow featuring the rodeo queens’ freestyle performance, followed by the presentation of the flags and the national anthem, after which rodeo announcer Chip Guesser will honor the rodeo’s Grand Marshal and the rodeo will officially begin.
The first event of the evening will be Mutton Busting at 7 p.m. followed by Bareback Riding, Calf Roping, Tiedown, Breakaway, Saddle Broncs, Mini-Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Bull Riding.
The board decided to limit the number of entries per event to 10, and 20 per night for Mutton Busting because they want the events to flow smoothly and finish quickly so that the rodeo will end by nightfall.
This consideration is due to the fact that the rodeo opens on the 4th of July, and the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the fireworks show right after dark. The rodeo board wanted to ensure that all of the spectators at the rodeo would be able to enjoy the fireworks that night as well.
Mutton Busting, always a popular feature at rodeos, received some more solid requirements this year. Contestants must meet at both the age requirement of 5-6 years old and the weight limit of 50-60 lbs. Seven-year-olds are allowed to participate as long as they meet the weight requirement.
Registration for Mutton Busting opens at Valley Wide Co-op June 28 and runs through July 3 according to madisoncountyfamilyfair.com.
The board announced that they will be offering a special ticket price to families and BYU-Idaho students on all presale tickets.
They are still looking for volunteers to sell tickets at the gate. Among the groups considered are 4-H groups, the Lions Club, and volunteer BYU-Idaho students.
“Maybe it would be a good idea to have some of them kids that aren’t too interested on that sort of thing taking tickets. That way they won’t be trying to sneak off to watch their friend ride,” said Rick Sutton.
The board also decided that every contestant would get a free pass into the rodeo for themselves and one guest. “Somebody’s got to drive you home after you smack your head,” said board member Rodney Lusk.