Flint Hills cowboys to compete in state’s oldest ranch rodeo

Horses at a rodeo (Journal photo by Jennifer Carrico.)

The 37th annual Fall Ranch Rodeo sponsored by the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association is scheduled forOct. 1.

Four-member cowboy teams representing 14 Flint Hills ranches have pre-entered in the rodeo at the MCYRA Arena, 1.5 miles east of Council Grove on Highway 56.

A junior ranch rodeo will be Sunday morning at 10 a.m., followed by the ranch rodeo starting with a grand entry at 1 p.m.

“Of special significance is that our ranch rodeo is the oldest in the state of Kansas,” said Clay Wilson, MCYRA president.

“The rodeo is also one of the oldest in the nation, along with possibly being the longest continuous annual ranch rodeo anywhere,” Wilson added.

Events for the junior rodeo include sorting, calf branding, and mugging while the afternoon matinee features penning, steer branding, team roping, and mugging.

To provide for a full family day of rodeo activities, the host Morris County Youth Rodeo Association will again offer complete concessions with meals, drinks, and homemade lunch offerings.

There’s still time for teams to enter the rodeos and find out more information by contacting Wilson at 785-466-1359 and on Facebook.