GCPRA Rodeo is coming to Kingman September 23 & 24
KINGMAN -Hang onto your hats – the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo is coming to Kingman! The Kingsmen will host their 3rd Annual Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo (GCPRA) at Mohave County Fairgrounds in Kingman on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24. Rodeo festivities will occur all week in conjunction with Andy Devine Days. Rodeo sanctioned events include Taco Tuesday on Sept. 20 beginning at 5 p.m. at The Tack Shed and the annual Cow Plop on Thursday, Sept. 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at Boot Barn.
The rodeo opens Friday, Sept. 23, Slack starts and is open to the public at 9 a.m; gates open at 4 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 6 p.m. There will a barn dance following the rodeo; keep your ticket stub for dance entrance.
Saturday’s theme will be Tough Enough; wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Gates open at 2 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 4 p.m.
Kingsmen President Brian Demaria expects rodeo entries to almost double from their last two rodeos. “Slack, which is contestant overflow, will be held Friday morning at 9 a.m. We expect more than 100 entries in Slack, plus between 70 and 120 entries in the regular part of the rodeo,” he said.
“This year’s rodeo will also feature Mutton Bustin’ for little tykes ages four to seven, an adult Ranch Bronc entry, and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Junior Barrel Racing for girls 17 and under,” Demaria continued. “We will also be bringing in Breakaway Roping for this rodeo – we brought it in for our last PRCA Rodeo, and now for the GCPRA! We encourage local cowboys and cowgals to register to participate. All entry forms are available on the Kingsmen’s website.”
Mutton Bustin’ participants must by preregistered by their guardians and will be limited to the first 12 signups per rodeo day. Helmets are required, and youth must be under 45 pounds to ride.
For information on participating in the Junior Barrel Racing event, call Iolee Lautaret at 928-897-3022. Deadline for this event is September 18 at 7 p.m.
Demaria continued, “We want to continue giving back to the community, so we have kept our ticket cost at $15 for adults and $10 for children. We will also be offering $2 off the ticket price for veterans, military service men and women, first responders, and senior citizens 65 and older.”
“The Kingsmen and PRCA Rodeo will be recognizing and honoring all military and first responders at the rodeo events. We appreciate them for standing by Mohave County when times were tough. The Junior Marines will be making the flag presentation both days,” Demaria said.
Who are The Kingsmen?
The Kingsmen was founded in 1985. They are a group of community-oriented men and women who are dedicated to preserving the Western Heritage values that stimulated the growth and identity of Kingman. The Kingsmen support civic and charitable initiatives to promote Kingman as a desirable area for families and visitors alike. They support Kingman Cancer Care Unit and Silent Witness locally, as well as the nationwide and local chapters for Tough Enough Cancer Awareness. The Kingsmen also have an annual college scholarship program.
Current Kingsmen officers are President Brian Demaria, Vice President Tim Curry, Secretary Chris Shaffer, Life Member Buffalo Hayden, Treasurer Anabel Rankin, Officer Mike Sadaro, and Past President Bill Garvey.
Active members are Swanty, Cody Swanty Jr., Don Stetson, Sam Elmore, Cody Swanty, Mike Sadaro, Tony Lepore, Kordell Dudley, Kimberly Lafferty, Michael Rankin, Tracey Lee, Bill Defreitas, Chris Shaffer, Anabel Rankin, Veliuzka Emerson, Tammie Carpenter, Ty Rodgers, and Frank Williams.
Life and Honorary Members are Ken Everett, Bill Ekstrom, Stu Anderson, Paul McCormick, Toby Orr, Dave French, Arlan Berg, Tom Carter, Stephen Pebley, Chuck King, Mike Rusinko, Eric Fiddler, Roy Sparks, Stephen Lee, Tom Schrimscher, Joe Hart, Larry Imus, Bob Steel, Dale Cline, Mark Wimpee, Donnie Ward, Bill Kirby, Pat Yarush and Don Yarush.
Kingsmen Royalty is Tiffany Leo. Jr. Kingsmen are Brian DeMaria Jr. and James Rainbolt.
Kingsmen in Memoriam are Chuck Obney, Bill Barnes, Rebecca Steinberger, Martin Swanty, Don Vawter, John Bridges, Dale Perry, and Levi Rodgers.
“We are 100% run by volunteers,” said Demaria. “We pay annual dues and also pay to come to the annual events that we sponsor. Putting on two rodeos per year is a 365-day a year process. It takes more than 25 volunteers to put on each rodeo. We are always looking for volunteers to work our rodeos.”
Purchase rodeo tickets at the gate or at kingsmenrodeo.org, through the Everything Kingman mobile app, at Stockton Hill Feed , Kingman Boot Barn, or the Kingman Visitor’s Center.
Can’t make it to the PRCA Rodeo? Don’t worry. The Kingsmen will also be hosting a PRCA rodeo next June.
Contact the Kingsmen to become a volunteer or for more information by going to kinsgmenrodeo.org or emailing email@example.com.
This year’s rodeo sponsors include Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, Sunbelt Development & Realty Partners, City of Kingman, Anderson Ford, KAR Recycling, H&H Printers, C-A-L Ranch Stores, Campbell Redi-Mix, River Medical, Stockton Hill Feed;
Kingman Chophouse, Freeport-McMoran, Medusa Farms, Nucor, Ashley Outlet, Brown Drilling, Leo Biasiucci, , Merten’s Heavy Equipment, Double R Hay & Feed, K&M Hay Company, Patriot Pest Control, Cactus Wren Excavating and Grading, UniSource Energy Services, Foothills Bank, Best Wester Plus, Con Roc Ready Mix, , Boot Barn, Desert De Oro Foods, Preston Investments, Swire Coca-Cola, Optimum, Horizon Community Bank, KC Desert Jewelry, Captain Morgan for Congress, Bobcat, Route 66 Embroidery and Screenprinting, Westside Disposal, and McDonalds.