Rodeo fans will be entertained by some of the top performers in the Intermountain West as rodeo action comes to Hailey for three days for the Fourth of July holiday.
Organized by the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club, the Days of the Old West Rodeo will be held through July 4. It started on July 2. The rodeo is held at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds on the southern end of Main Street.
Bill Bobbitt, president of the Sawtooth Rangers, advises buying tickets in advance, especially for the show on July 4 because it often sells out.
“If they want to come, they better have their tickets and get there early,” he said.
Tickets can be purchased from the Hailey Chamber of Commerce or at Atkinsons’ Markets in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum. General admission is $10. Children 10 and under can get in with a $5 ticket.
Bobbitt said some of the “top notch” riders from Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Nevada will be competing in events such as bull riding, stock saddle bronc, bareback bronc, saddle bronc, team roping, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.
Half-time entertainment will be provided by the Silver Spurs Riding Club from Jerome.
Rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m. each night, but there several pre-rodeo events to be seen. Mutton bustin, limited to 12 riders, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, July 3. Hometown bull riding, limited to 6 participants, will be held at 7 p.m. on July 4. Queen coronation is set for 6:30 p.m. on July 4.
Food concessions will be operated by the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.