Rodeo making stop in Footville this weekend
FOOTVILLE — Duane Reichert has been clowning around for nearly 50 years and wouldn't have it any other way.
"I guess the camaraderie of the rodeo family and the thrill of it keeps you going," Reichert said.
Reichert owns a ranch in South Dakota but finds time to be a part of the rodeo performing his clown routine.
He is in Footville for this weekend's All American Pro PRCA Rodeo. He was at St. Elizabeth Manor on Thursday promoting the event.
"I'm just here to be helpful and wanted folks to feel like they are a part of it," Reichert said. "I like to bring smiles to people wherever I visit."
This weekend is the third annual rodeo. Rodeo President Mike Eggleston said he is hopeful the event will draw between 7,500 and 10,000 people.
"There used to be a rodeo at the Rock County Fair, but it took up too much space," Eggleston said. "So this was formed, and we think it's perfect timing."
Eggleston said cowboys from as far as New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Montana and Texas will be coming to participate in the events.
"Compared to anything else I've seen, this is extremely good," Eggleston said. "We turn a hayfield into a little city in virtually a week. It takes a lot of effort from a lot of people."
Events include bare back and saddle bronc riding, steer roping, barrel racing and bull riding, Eggleston said. There will also be events for children Sunday that include pony rides, a sawdust scramble and mutton busting, which is sheep riding for children 55 pounds and lighter.
"We wanted to bring a nice event to the community," said Gayle Holcomb, rodeo board member. "It's a nice, family oriented event. It's very action packed."