The 2017 Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series, a joint effort between the Linn County Fair Rodeo, Mound City; Inter-State Fair & Rodeo, Coffeyville: and Eureka Pro Rodeo, Eureka continues this week, according to John Teagarden, La Cygne, series coordinator.
The series features the three largest professional rodeos in eastern Kansas with eight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo performances in nine days. Competition continues this week at Coffeyville Wednesday–Saturday, Aug. 16-19, and Eureka, Friday–Saturday, Aug. 18-19.
Early event leaders were determined with the completion of the Mound City rodeo last weekend. Blue Mound cowboy Jeff Miller jumped to the lead in two events by placing first in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
Other event leaders: bareback riding, Jared Keylon, Ft Scott; saddle broncs, Kirk Nelson, Branson, Missouri; team roping, Adam Rose, Willard, Missouri, and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa; and barrel racing, Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Oklahoma.
Series event winners will receive a Maynard Trophy Buckle. Reserve winners in each of the seven events will be awarded an engraved Moore Maker knife.
Rodeo fans that attend at least one performance at each of the three rodeos will be eligible in a drawing for an engraved series Moore Maker knife. The drawing will be during the Saturday, Aug. 19, Eureka Rodeo. Proof of attendance will be a rodeo program from Mound City and a canceled admission ticket or program from Coffeyville.
Beutler & Son Rodeo Company, Elk City, Oklahoma, will produce the Coffeyville rodeo. The Eureka rodeo will be produced by United Pro Rodeo, Palestine, Texas. Livestock of New Frontier Rodeo Company, Gypsum, was featured at Mound City.
The 2017 Eastern Kansas Rodeo Series is sponsored by the three participating rodeo associations plus area businesses including Better Horses Radio, Cleaver Farm & Home, Chanute and Twin Motors Ford, Iola.