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High energy set to explode at Pretty Prairie rodeo this weekend

Alice Mannett
Wacey Munsell performs free-style bullfighting at the Pretty Prairie Rodeo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. He will be back in action this weekend at the 2020 Pretty Prairie rodeo, along with compadre Evan Allard.

PRETTY PRAIRIE–Nothing is going to stop an 83-year-old-rodeo if the people in Pretty Prairie can help it. The Kansas Largest Night Rodeo in Pretty Prairie, Kansas will take place from July 15-18, with adult tickets at $11.

“People are locked down and ready to get out,” said Jon Stucky, president of the Board of the rodeo. “Cowboys are looking for places to go.”

Barrelman, John Harrison is ready to prime the crowd with a mixture of energy and humor. Harrison is a three-time recipient of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Comedy Act of the Year and has appeared in Pretty Prairie before.

Contestants are coming from as far away as Australia and Canada and across the United States. Local favorites include Pretty Prairie hometown cowboy, Blaine Kaufman, Coy Arnold of Hutchinson, Tyler Garten of Kingman, Ty Rumford of Abbyville and Remington Fry of Arlington.

World-class bullfighters Evan Allard and Wacey Munsell, who performed at the Pretty Prairie Rodeo in 2018, will be back at this year’s 2020 rodeo.

Because so many rodeos across the nation have postponed opening, many contestants are looking to compete. This year, the Pretty Prairie rodeo has a record number of contestants registered to participate in bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. There will also be muttin’ bustin’ for the little ones.

On Friday and Saturday night, after the rodeo ends, ticket holders are invited to dance under the stars as Prairie Smoke performs.

“There’s something for everyone,” said rodeo board member Julie Graber. “We want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”