“Get ready to rodeo”
From the Knik Arm Courier, April 8, 1970:
The Alaska Cowboy Rodeo Association is making plans for summer events to be held at the Chugiak Rodeo Arena, located at the Chugiak Carnival Grounds.
The Rodeo Association has purchased 10 head of bucking horses from Wyoming. They should arrive in Alaska by April 15. The horses will be boarded at the Len Milton farm in Wasilla.
The horses will also be leased to other sanctioned rodeos in the state.
The first event of the season will be May 19. This will essentially serve as a practice session where new stock, announcers and events will be tried out. The event is open to the public.
The first main rodeo will be a three-day event held through the Memorial Day holiday May 29-31. Proceeds from admission the first day will be donated to charity.
The Rodeo Association plans to hold at least six events during the summer at the local arena, including one over the Fourth of July holiday. They also plan to hold dances at the Chugiak Carnival Hall each Saturday night there is a rodeo.
Planned events include saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, team tying, calf roping, women’s barrel racing and many other added attractions.
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