Minerva rodeo features mutton busting, fun for whole family; Chris Kraft in concert

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MINERVA – The third annual Minerva Chamber Rodeo comes to Minerva Municipal Park July 28 with activities for the whole family.

Children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, stick-horse making and other crafts and food and commercial vendors.

Kids’ rodeo events, sponsored by Minerva Area YMCA and Minerva Rotary Club, will begin in the arena, with stick-horse races beginning at 5 p.m. followed by preliminaries for mutton busting. Children weighing 50 pounds or less compete to see who can stay on the back of a sheep the longest. Helmets and vests are provided.

The rodeo, presented by Buckeye Rodeo Company, begins at 7 p.m. In addition to bull riding, sponsored by Ricky Corbett of Matco Tools; there will be bareback bronc riding, The Hart Mansion Restaurant; saddle bronc riding, Sphon’s CCW & Armory; calf roping, Kiko Company; team roping, Uptown Auto Service; steer wrestling, Kohmann’s Motors & Mowers; and barrel racing, Studio C Salon; along with the mutton busting finals and calf scramble for kids.

Following the rodeo, at 9 p.m., the Minerva Firefighter’s Association will sponsor a free concert by country musician Chris Kraft on the stage. The firemen’s association will also provide a beer garden throughout the day.

Presale tickets can be purchased through July 27 at Kishman’s IGA, Loudon Motors Ford, Gionino’s Pizzeria in Minerva, Minerva Area YMCA, Minerva Dairy, Consumers National Bank – Minerva Branch, Studio C Salon and Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce, or on www.eventbrite.com.

Presale tickets are $10 for age 12 and older, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for age 5 and younger. At the gate, tickets will be $12 and $6. Parking is available at Minerva High School, 501 Almeda Ave.

Triple Crown sponsors for the rodeo include Dave Catlett Construction, Pole Barns Direct, Kishman’s IGA and Loudon Motors Ford.

For more information, contact the Minerva Chamber office at 330-868-7979 or denise.freeland@minervachamber.org.