Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Main Street Sallisaw and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to make this year's rodeo a weeklong celebration.
The 77th annual Lions Club rodeo is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 5-7, but the chamber and Main Street have put together “Rodeo Week” – a fun-filled extravaganza for the whole family in the days leading up to the rodeo.
On Monday, Aug. 2, Main Street member Katie Napier says Sallisaw musician Drake Hyde and the Branded Cowboys will be onstage at the Pocket Park from 6-8 p.m. Main Street will also have its food truck on site, where pulled pork sandwiches and loaded baked potatoes will be available for purchase. Also that night, the Chamber of Commerce will host a longest-beard contest, with prizes going to the winners.
On Aug. 3, the Hayseed Band will take the Pocket Park stage at 6 p.m., and the food truck will be offering fried fish with all the fixings for sale. The chamber has planned a watermelon-eating contest for that evening.
On Aug. 4, the band Mulekick Reckoning will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Pocket Park. The food truck will have hot dogs, hot links and chips for sale. Chamber Executive Director Marty Green said there will be a stickhorse race and a rodeo clown contest for kiddos age 0-6 years and 7-12 years.
Main Street's Margaret Perry said there will be activities and contests throughout the three-day celebration and everyone is invited to attend.
On Thursday, Aug. 5, the first day of the rodeo, Perry said, a Tulsa caricature artist will be doing portraits for $10 per person on the library's GRDA stage from 4-6 p.m.
The rodeo will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 with a parade through downtown Sallisaw. Afterward, Napier said, musician Stacy Barnes will perform live at the Pocket Park until about 6:30 p.m., giving folks just enough time to make it to the rodeo's opening ceremony.
“We're looking forward to bringing people out and having a lot of fun downtown,” Perry said. “Wear your cowboy hats and boots and come on down,” she said. “There will be a lot of good food and lots of great music.”
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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