DOVER -- Everything that made America great comes alive at the Buckeye Stampede Pro Rodeo. Rodeos, much more than a competition, are a celebration of an American lifestyle that brings together people from all walks of life.
Held rain or shine, the unpredictable mix of the elements and animals in competition with the professional cowboy adds to America's "original extreme sport."
The magic of thundering hooves returns to Ohio's largest professional rodeo, the 5th annual BSPR which will be held rain or shine at the Tuscarawas County fairgrounds in Dover on Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19.
Members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from all over the United States will compete in bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, cowgirl barrel racing and bull riding for points that could ultimately earn them a chance at a national title.
This year Tuscarawas County Friends of the Homeless organization has taken the reins of the Buckeye Stampede Pro Rodeo as its primary fundraiser. Partnership with the rodeo offers many benefits to businesses and organizations. Sponsors are still needed and all donations are tax deductible.
The rodeo offers the unique chance to watch the dedicated cowboys and cowgirls in competition.
"We don't get paid to show up, we only get paid if we win," said Robbin Selway of New Philadelphia, who will compete in women's barrel racing.
The BSPR is a great value for families; pre-show entertainment will feature Nashville singer, DeWayne Spaw.
Master of ceremonies, Monty Stueve from Perry, Okla., will bring his exciting style to the BSPR.
"I love to announce the rodeo," said Monty. "If I'm not having fun, the crowd's not having fun."
Monty literally grew up in the rodeo arena and won European rodeo titles.
From Tupelo, Miss., three tiny sheep herding teams, each featuring a capuchin monkey in cowboy dress saddled up on a border collie, will entertain.
"People think they're seeing little ghosts out there, that's why we call them Team Ghost Riders," said award winning trainer Tim Lepard. "When I see the crowd smiling and hear the laughter, it makes all the hard work worthwhile."
Advance tickets are on sale now at $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12.
For information, call (330) 556-4101 or visit the BSPR Web site at www.buckeyestampede.com.