Rodeo attractions to highlight weekend at Burlingame

There’s not a bad seat in the arena, with spectators guaranteed an up close view of wild rodeo action at Burlingame this weekend. Courtesy photo.

BURLINGAME, Kan. – It’s rodeo time at Burlingame. And a weekend of rodeo related attractions promises to make the town come to life well beyond the arena action.

“It’s time for the 49th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo,” announced Ethan Quaney, Burlingame Saddle Club official, who noted the rodeo will be Friday and Saturday evenings, May 17-18, in the arena on South Rodeo Drive.

Les Holman, of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, reminded that the town’s Rodeo Days activities will take place on Saturday.

What could be more appropriate for a rural community than a rodeo activity weekend? After all, Burlingame is right on the famed original Santa Fe Trail “where rail crosses trail.” In the mid-1800s, trains originally hauled freight right through what’s now Burlingame, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then oxen and equine power was replaced by big iron horses, steam engine powered trains. The railroad tracks cross right over the original Santa Fe Trail, according to the weekend coordinators.

“Those performances featuring livestock from High States Rodeo Company begin at 7 o’clock,” Quaney said.

Another highlight for the rodeo weekend is Sunday afternoon, May 19, with youth rodeo beginning at noon.

The amateur rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings is double sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association. Sunday’s rodeo is an event of the Missouri-Kansas Rodeo Association with entries from both states competing.

A wide array of activities is planned in Burlingame for the annual Rodeo Days celebration. “It’ll sure be a fun packed entertaining Saturday for everybody,” Holman said.

A running kickoff for the action is the Bucking 5K Fun Run at 9 a.m. There’ll be a craft show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attracting exhibitors from a wide area. Tractor and car shows are planned also.

A peddle pull for youth four to 12 opens with registration at 9 a.m. Of course, everybody’s anticipating the cutest baby contest at 10 a.m., and the pie eating contest at 1 p.m.

Sissy and Earl are lined up to entertain with live music on Stage 56, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A chuck wagon will be serving free samples of authentic cowboy beans and coffee. amd there’s going to be homemade ice cream dipped up at the library. Such a Saturday event is most exciting for the children and all young at heart. On tap are a carnival, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides and a kids’ dance at The Hideout.

The Schulyer Museum is to be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for a “trip back in time”, followed by a taco supper.

“Salute To The American Cowboy” is the most appropriate theme for the annual Rodeo Days Parade at 3 p.m. Entries of all types are welcome to get there ahead of time, lining up in the high school parking lot.

Rodeo action highlights bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding. A rodeo funnyman will keep spectators on the edge of their seats each evening.

Sunday’s youth rodeo matinee will offer traditional events as well as a number of competitions especially for the younger set.

Burlingame is the place to be this weekend. It’s rodeo time.

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, Kan., lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and radio marketing consultant.

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