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Monday, July 18, 2011

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo rides high despite intense heat

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo rides high despite intense heat

Committee chairman Miskimins says annual rodeo was big success.
By: Chris Huber

he sun set on the 41st annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Sunday after a week packed with events.
The four PRCA rodeo performances brought people out to watch the action.

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee chairmen Jim Miskimins thought this year’s rodeo was a huge success.

“We have been very pleased with the rodeo; the contestants that came in this year, they have put on a great show,” said Miskimins.

Miskimins was extremely happy with the entertainment brought this year as well.

“The entertainers that we hired have promoted the rodeo and our community as well as we could have ever asked for or dreamed of,” he said.

High temperatures and humidity plagued most of the performances. Miskimins the weather most likely had an effect on attendance.

“The Saturday night crowd was hurt a little bit by the heat but the folks that did come saw one of the best shows that could have happened,” Miskimins said.

Besides the rodeo action, the rodeo parade on Saturday morning was a highlight of the weekend’s events, organizers said.

The parade, which traveled south down Main Street and then back north on Kimball Street, featured just under 100 entries. Around 10,000 people lined the streets, according to Stan Peterson rodeo committee parade chairmen.

Despite temperatures in the 90s Saturday, Peterson said the turnout was very good.
“It was comparable to most years so that was a very great thing,” he said.

Floats competed in 10 categories with this year’s theme being “Come to the Cowboy Carnival.”
Prizes were given to first-, second- and third-place finishers in each category.

The all-around parade winner was Iverson Chrysler of Mitchell.

Other winners included: Best Use of Theme, CorTrust Bank; Youth, Mitchell Realty; Antique, the Armour Fire Department; Horse Drawn, Hansen Wagon and Wheel; Humorous, Dakota Salvage; Commercial, Avera Queen of Peace; Shrine, Lewis and Clark Shrine Club; Retail, Jackpot Gamblin’; and Equestrian, Ethan Trail Riders.

The chili cook-off and Texaco Country Music Showdown were held Sunday afternoon at the Rodeo Grounds as people braved the heat in search of some good food and traditional music.
In the chili cook-off featured 19 camps preparing their best recipes in hopes of impressing the judges.
Zimmer Caulking took home first place, followed by The Brig in second and Jake’s Lounge and Darrin’s Market in third.

The people’s choice award winner was Klockwerks and best camp went to Graphic Packaging.
Rodeo chili cook-off chairmen Wade Greenwood said the estimated attendance was between 1,000 and 1,200 people.

“It doesn’t seem like the heat held people back from coming out, we were pretty busy all day,” Greenwood said.

In the Texaco Country Music Showdown eight contestants belted out their favorite country tunes in hopes of moving on to the state, regional and national competitions, with the winner getting $100,000.
Each singer or band was given two songs to try to impress the judges with their musical talent.
The Kayla Tingle Band from Brookings and Aberdeen took home first place and will move on to the state competition in a site to be determined.

Hadley Moody took second and Kelsey Doll was third.

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