Burlingame’s rodeo celebration promises fun-filled weekend

Spectators should plan to be situated downtown by 1 p.m. Saturday for the ever popular Rodeo Days Parade, with the theme this year “The Frontier Experience”.


The Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and Community Rodeo Days Committee are planning “The Frontier Experience” for the Rodeo Days celebration during the 43rd Annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo, May 17-18.

This year, the history of the Santa Fe Trail and its era of 1821 to 1880 will be featured around the centerpiece Burlingame Saddle Club Rodeo.

One highlight of the event will be Saturday’s old-fashioned street dance in downtown Burlingame, beginning at 9 p.m.

Free camping will be allowed in Sumner Park during the weekend.

Cowboy Church will wrap up the events on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Sumner Park. Ken Gies and Dan Muzzy will lead the worship service.

A parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, and floats can still be entered by contacting Ryan Atchison at 785-806-9976.

Vintage photos will be taken by Dulce’s Photos. Everyone is encouraged to “Be sure to dress in your frontier best” for these old time photos (5×7 photo and digital file $15; 8×10 photo and digital file $20) to be taken at the west side of Santa Fe Cafe, 106 Santa Fe Ave.

The Rodeo Days committee is seeking anyone who has a special talent, can present a reenactment, or offer educational information.

The Chamber is offering outdoor spaces available for rent to vendors on West Santa Fe Avenue. Vendors are responsible for their own tables or outdoor tents. Setup can begin at 7 a.m. May 18, opening at 9 a.m. to the public. Vendors may stay all day, with latest breakdown at 11 p.m. For more information or vendor registration, email [email protected] or call (785) 654-3555.

Other entertainment scheduled for Rodeo Days include a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism exhibit, a tepee on display, and a pie-in-the-face game.

The traditional mud volleyball battle is also scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. To sign up a team, contact Samantha Purcell at 614-439-8305.

For other information about Rodeo Days, contact planning committee member Kenna Burns at [email protected].

The 43rd Annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, at the Burlingame Saddle Club Arena. The rodeo features bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, wild steer mugging, and kids’ calf scramble.

C-R-McKellips Rodeo Co. provides stock for the URA/MRCA sanctioned rodeo. Books are open 1-6 p.m. May 13; for entries call 816-331-1792.

The always favorite spectator sport mud volleyball tournament gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The always favorite spectator sport, the mud volleyball tournament, gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday.


 Rodeo Days Schedule

Friday

  • 8 p.m. – Burlingame Saddle Club Presents The 43rd Annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo, at saddle club arena.
  • Friday night – free camping in Sumner Park.

Saturday

  • 8-11 a.m. – Pancake feed at the Lions Club Building on West Santa Fe Avenue, served by the Harveyville 4-H Club.
  • 9 a.m – Vendors open on West Santa Fe Avenue.
  • 9 a.m. – Mud volleyball tournament at Sumner Park.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Face painting at library.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – 4-H club petting zoo and Bossy Bingo.
  • 9 a.m. – Friends of the Library book sale at library.
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Two-man saw tournament at Schuyler Museum.
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Santa Fe Café Just Trucks show at Santa Fe Café.
  • 10 a.m. – Ice cream sale at library.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Miniature farm exhibit at Schuyler Museum.
  • 12 p.m-6 p.m. – Vintage photos by Dulce’s Photos.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Performance by Dance Spot dancers.
  • 12:30 – Parade float line up at high school parking lot
  • 1 p.m. – Rodeo Days parade, downtown.
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m. – Real estate parade, various homes around town on display.
  • 4 p.m. – Taco feed at Schuyler Community Center, served by Burlingame Historical Society
  • 8 p.m. – Rodeo at Burlingame Saddle Club Arena.
  • 9 p.m.-12 a.m. – Street dance and hot dog roast, downtown. Entertainment provided by Country Music Makers.
  • Saturday night – free camping in Sumner Park.

Sunday

  • 10:30 a.m. – Cowboy Church at Sumner Park.


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