Rodeo preps for a big weekend
Last updated 6/23/2022 at 8:24am
CHENEY – Rodeo season is just around the corner and the Cheney Rodeo is looking for volunteers to get the Bi-Mart Arena ready for festivities in the second week of July.
Heidi Monter is in charge of sponsorship and marketing for the Cheney Rodeo. She said workdays are an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and get excited for the biggest rodeo in Spokane County.
"We're out there every Saturday at 9 a.m. and we're ready for more volunteers on June 18, 25 and July 2nd," she said. "There's a lot to do and a lot to get ready in order for the rodeo to happen."
With much to accomplish in a short time, Monter said they'll take all the extra pairs of hands they can get.
"There's all kinds of things that need to be done-mowing, painting, cleaning bathrooms and making sure the calf chute areas are ready to go," she said. "We got a new calf chute and we're working on making sure everything with that is in place."
The arena also needs to be cleaned up.
Monter said volunteer help is crucial to the success of rodeo weekend.
"I think a lot of people think the rodeo just happens, but we really truly do need volunteers to make it work," Monter said. "It's the biggest rodeo in Spokane County and it's constantly growing and we're trying to get better."
But there's more going on over the weekend than the rodeo.
"We're a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPCA)," Monter said. "We'll have food vendors and craft vendors. This is a really fun event for families to come to and it has a good hometown feel."
The rodeo kicks off on Friday, July 8. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the action getting underway at 7. The parade in downtown Cheney, featuring Miss Cheney Rodeo Janaye Wilkie, starts at 11:30 on Saturday morning. Gates open at 2 p.m. Sunday. The final rodeo begins at 4 p.m.
After the rodeo, people can kick up their heels to the sounds of the Steve Starkey Band.