Rodeo Days this weekend
The 40th anniversary of Burlingame Rodeo Days will be celebrated
this weekend, May 21-22. In addition to traditional rodeo competition
at the rodeo arena, weekend activities include a parade on a segment
of the original Santa Fe Trail, the brick surfaced Santa Fe Avenue.
The city of Burlingame has chosen to mark the milestone by sponsoring
a Burlingame Rodeo Days parade traveling trophy. The traveling trophy
will be awarded annually to the winning municipal or business parade
entry. The winning recipient will be authorized to display the traveling
trophy for 11 months. At the end of the display period, the winner
will receive a permanent smaller trophy to replace the traveling
The theme for this year’s Burlingame Rodeo Days parade, Saturday,
is “Keeping it country.” Entries will assemble at 11:30
a.m. for judging in the parking lot of Burlingame USD 454, 417 N.
Dacotah St. The parade will form in the parking lot and at 1 p.m.
will proceed south on Dacotah Street, then turn east on Santa Fe
Avenue, before returning to the parking lot.
Other weekend activities include a flea market and craft vendors
in downtown Burlingame on Saturday.
Rodeo Days begins at 8 a.m. with a flea market and craft vendors
and with the petting zoo opening at 9 a.m. A mechanical bull will
be available to ride from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A baby contest will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Hall for
children in age groups 0-6 months and 6-12 months. The Lions Club
will be serving barbecue at 11 a.m. at the Lion’s building.
A beer garden and dying contest starts at 11 a.m. at Santa Fe Cafe.
The day continues with the rodeo parade at 1 p.m. downtown. Line-up
for judging will be at 12 p.m. at the Burlingame High School. A
hot dog eating contest will follow the parade.
Square dancers will be on hand at 2 p.m., and potato sack races
will also begin. At 3 p.m., the Harveyville Pluckers will entertain
Other activities throughout the day will include the Burlingame
Community Library Friends hosting the annual book and ice cream
sale, tractor pull north of the ball diamonds and guess the estimate
at Santa Fe Collision Center parking lot. The annual art show will
be at Burlingame City Hall.
The day continues with face painting, civil war reenactment, big
boar motorcycle exhibit, and tug-of-war.
Anyone can join the fun of mud volleyball by calling Tracy at (785)
528-5074 or enter the 3-on-3 basketball tournament by calling Shelly
at (785) 554-8087.
The rodeo events will feature bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer
wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding,
wild steer mugging and kids calf scramble.
Rodeo events begin at 8 p.m. Friday and continue at 8 p.m. Saturday
at the Burlingame Saddle Club Arena, in Burlingame. The event is
sanctioned by URA/MRCA. C-R-McKellips Rodeo Co will provide stock.
Municipalities, businesses, organizations, and individuals may request
a parade entry form by e-mail at email@example.com or by
calling city hall at (785) 654-2414, or Vikki DeMars at (785) 654-9863.