Central Wyoming Rodeo

Saddle bronc rider Jade Blackwell rides Two Cookies in the final go-round of last year's Central Wyoming Rodeo in Casper.

The Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo kicks into high gear Tuesday when the rodeo begins its five-day run at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.

Action begins each night at 7:30 with some of the nation’s best cowboys competing in bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping. In addition, some of the top cowgirls will be on hand to compete in barrel racing, and there will be mutton bustin’ for the kids.

The top competitors from the Tuesday through Friday performances will compete in the short go-round Saturday night.

The Central Wyoming Rodeo comes at the tail end of Cowboy Christmas, which has already produced some memorable ropes and rides.

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At the Cody Stampede that ended on Thursday, bareback bronc rider Caleb Bennett from Corvallis, Montana, set the arena record with a 93.5-point ride to pocket nearly $10,000.

Last year’s Central Wyoming Rodeo had a total payout of more than $265,000. Average winners from 2018 were Grant Denny (bareback), Hunter Cure (steer wrestling), Jesse Stipes and Jake Smith (team roping), Jade Blackwell (saddle bronc), Dane Kissack (tie-down), Kathy Grimes (barrel racing), and Boudreaux Campbell (bull riding).

General admission tickets for each night are $10, with box seats $15-18 and chute seats $22. Kids 8 and under receive free general admission tickets.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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