2022 Marion Rodeo

The 27th annual Marion Rodeo Friday and Saturday at the Ralph Eagle Memorial Arena will include some new events, according to promoter Jennifer Hoggle.

“We’ll have your normal rodeo events, which are bull riding, barrel racing, break away roping, bare back riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling,” Hoggle explained. “But in addition to the normal things, we will have some extras like mutton busting, which is kids riding on sheep. It is the cutest thing.”

Another event is the little wranglers event, a Mardi Gras-style parade where kids throw beads to the crowd.

Kids will also enjoy the “gold rush, Hoggle said. “We’ll bring out tarps with piles of hay,” she said. “The clown will count down and when he gets to zero, the kids get to go out and dig through the hay for all kinds of treasures and they keep whatever they find.” She said they take the tarps out behind the bleachers and let the kids continue to dig through the hay.

Hoggle said this year’s opening ceremony will be “impressive.”

The Marion Rodeo is co-sanctioned by The Professional Cowboys Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association, which means that cowboys that compete this weekend earn points to go to the PCA finals and the IPRA finals.

Gates open at 6 p.m. The Mutton Busting starts at 6:30 p.m. Rodeo action starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, children 5 and under get in free, and you can get tickets at the gate.

Hoggle said the proceeds from the rodeo go to benefit the Perry County Fire Association, which includes 14 fire stations around Perry County.

Ralph Eagle Memorial Arena is across Highway 14 from Hugh’s Used Cars.

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