The days are being crossed off the calendar as the 78th annual Ketchum Kalf Rodeo approaches this Father's Day weekend. The committee people are making their lists and checking them twice. The weed eaters are roaring; the mowers are mowing. Paint brushes are flying and the food vendors buying. The stock is being rounded up and bill boards and banners pounded up. Spots are being marked so cars can be parked. The band is tuning and practicing their crooning. The beer garden is ordering ale -- darks and pales; they'll prompt the retelling of old rodeo tales. Kari's lining up mutton -- and you can bet those proud daddies will be busting their buttons! Queen contestants are practicing riding and speech; and the PMCC minister prepares to preach. Plan to bring dear old dad for the weekend -- you'll all be glad!
Both performances of the NPRA-sanctioned Ketchum-Kalf Rodeo will kick off with mutton busting action at 1 p.m. over Father's Day weekend. Kelly Bowcutt's Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is bringing top-notch bucking stock to challenge the NPRA cowboys. Kelly is supplying steers and the Kayser Cattle Company is hauling in fresh cows and calves for the timed events. Announcer Bob Garrett will be calling the rodeo action and keeping the crowd informed and entertained. Following Saturday's rodeo, tryouts for the 2013 Ketchum-Kalf Rodeo Queen will be held in the arena. An open 4D barrel race is scheduled in the arena after the queen contest. Meanwhile in the Western Beer Garden, Country Side Ride will be cranking out western and blue grass tunes until well after dark thirty.
The SunSation mounted flag team will perform their fast-paced drill both days. Vendors off all kinds will offer food, kids' activities and merchandise throughout the weekend as well. Elmer Kinder of EJK Photos will be the official photographer of the weekend's activities. Both Skyline and Glenwood Volunteer Fire Departments are scheduled to provide ambulance service to patch up any boo boos; and the Klickitat County Sheriff's Department is providing security.
Bright and early Sunday morning the Glenwood Homemakers will serve some great cowboy breakfasts at the school from 6:30 until 10 a.m. Pastor Butch Hallenbeck from the Pioneer Memorial Community Church will conduct a cowboy church service in the dance hall at 9 a.m. Glenwood's biggest and best yet rodeo parade will travel through town at 11 before ending up at the rodeo grounds. Several heats of the famous kids stick horse race will be run on Father's Day for kids five and under. Special presentations will be made on Sunday including the Hank Ladiges memorial buckle to an outstanding committee person; the Shawna Roberson memorial buckle to the junior barrels winner; and the H. L. "Tye" Murray memorial jacket to the all-around cowboy. Finally, the 2013 Ketchum-Kalf Rodeo Queen will be revealed following the weekend's queen contests.
Primitive camping is available among the pine trees for only $10/night. Rodeo admission is $8 for 13 and over; while 12 and under will get in for only $3. Plan to bring dad out for the weekend, camp, get dirty and enjoy some rodeo food. We guarantee you will make memories for years to come!