cache county rodeo

Caleb Bennett rides Cheatin Heart in the bareback riding event at the Cache County Rodeo last year. The first of three nights of rodeo action begins Thursday.

For those planning on attending one of the nights of the Cache County Rodeo, they better get their tickets now.

Rodeo chairman LaMont Poulsen is expecting a sellout each evening. The three-night rodeo begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Cache County Fairgrounds.

“Tickets are going fast,” Poulsen said earlier this week. “I would encourage people to get their tickets online, then you don’t have to wait in a line. We are trying to get away from people having to stand in long lines, so just get them online.”

Fans can purchase tickets online through the Cache County website. All seats are reserved and range from $10 to $15 on Thursday and $12 to $15 on Friday and Saturday. Thursday night is Family Night and a limited discount of five tickets for $35 are available, but those must be purchased at the Cache County Executive Office through Wednesday.

Pre-rodeo events begin at 7:30 each evening. Rodeo action gets underway at 8 o’clock each night.

The action should once again be exciting. Some of the best members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) are planning on competing during one of the three performances. World champions in saddle bronc riding and bareback riding will be making a stop in Logan.

“Contestant wise, this is as good as we have ever had,” Poulsen said. “... There are a lot of past world champions and some of the top finishers at the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). They are in every event from the timed ones to barrel racing.”

Events that will be contested through the PRCA are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Barrel racing is also an event through the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Mutton Bustin’ will also be part of the rodeo for the youngsters.

Local clown Jared Storrs will be the barrel man again. This is the third year he has worked the Cache County Rodeo.

“Jared does a great job,” Poulsen said.

Poulsen also praised the bull fighters that work to keep cowboys safe during the bull riding competition. One of the bull fighters working this year’s rodeo has made eight trips to the NFR.

“They (bull fighters) are life savers,” Poulsen said. “They play an important role. I don’t think people realize that.”

There will be different acts throughout the rodeo as well. The One Arm Bandit John Payne is the headliner.

“The One Arm Bandit has won Specialty Act of the Year in the NFR before,” Poulsen said. “I’m sure rodeo fans will enjoy the act.”

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Shawn Harrison is the sports editor at The Herald Journal. He can be reached at sharrison@hjnews.com or 435-792-7233.