Burlingame 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 trophy.

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 the crowd.

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 cityhall@burlingameks.gov or by calling city hall at (785) 654-2414, or Vikki DeMars at (785) 654-9863.