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City puts on the (bull)dog

Rodeo week events in Central Point

Central Point has planned the following events beginning this week in conjunction with the PremierWest Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo, scheduled for Oct. 25-27 at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point.

Western fashion and art show, 6 p.m. Friday, Padgham Pavilion at the Expo, featuring vintage clothing as well as modern styles by Totally Texas and Oh Behave! Cost is &

36;15 and includes dinner and entertainment by the Cowboy Poets and Kendra Cook. For tickets, call 774-8270 or 665-2061.

The Little Miss and Mister Rodeo competition for kids 5 and younger, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Expo Center. Contestants will be judged on appearance, asked to answer a question about cowboys, give their best yeehaw yell or perform a rope trick. Winners will be guests of honor during the rodeo. Signups were due by Tuesday.

Cowboy Car Cruise, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 in downtown Central Point. Entry is free. Included will be custom classics, cowboy classics and down-home rigs. Any and all kinds of motorized vehicles are welcome to participate.

During the cruise, a street dance will be held along with a hamburger barbecue to support Crater High School Project Graduation.

Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo

Events include bareback riding and calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding. Main events begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 and — p.m. Oct. 27.

Wagon rides will be given to children prior to the rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday, the Dancing Morgans, owned and shown by Carol Mercer, will perform.

On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., Ray's Food Place will host a barbecue. Phoenix Future Farmers of America will host a petting zoo and Party Ponies will give free pony rides.

From — to 4 p.m. Saturday, bullfighter Ryan Heisel will sign autographs.

Tickets are &

36;12 in advance, &

36;14 at the door, and are on sale at Totally Texas in Medford, Ray's Food Place in Central Point and Sacketts Western Wear in Grants Pass.

For more information, contact the Expo at 774-8270. — — —

Central Point hopes big things come out of a week of rodeo events

CENTRAL POINT ' City leaders are gussying up the town, dusting off the ol' cowboy hats and breaking out the barbecues in anticipation of the annual PremierWest Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo this month at the Jackson County Expo.

And they're hoping to put Central Point on the map to boot.

City Council members and business owners have planned a week of events, deemed the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West, in hopes of starting an annual tradition in the same vein as the Calgary Stampede, Canada's largest rodeo.

The rodeo runs Oct. 25-27.

Keith Brostad, owner of the Horse Blanket, said the special events would lend some personality to downtown.

I think all the events are really going to get the community spirit going, he said. We're guaranteed to have a lot of high action because the boys are trying to get to the rodeo in Las Vegas, and this is one of their last shots at it.

Besides, he added, the city needs to promote itself other than being Medford's bedroom community.

Events include a country-style fashion show, a Cowboy Car Cruise and a Little Miss and Mr. Rodeo contest.

Business owners and council members joke that the events will range from country to corny but hope they'll draw crowds of rodeo traffic into their sleepy downtown.

Expo assistant manager Sue Roeck said the Expo had been planning the community events with businesses, the city and the chamber for months.

We're really excited about how this is going to get the community involved, she said. It's like a smaller version of Calgary. I think it's really going to be a hit.

I think this will give us something to look forward to every year, said Councilman Dick Halley. It's a pretty big rodeo, and doing all these side things will create a lot of excitement. It'll be a big push for us.

We could use some kind of identity or event to make us stand out a bit, added Councilwoman Donna Higginbotham.

It may start out a little small, but I think it'll grow into something pretty big.

Spirit Lount-Wrzesinski, owner of the Oh Behave! clothing store on East Pine and sponsor of the rodeo fashion show, said she has faith that the city's small size and cow-town appeal would work to its advantage.

I have so much faith in Central Point, she said. I think this is just another thing that is going to help put this little place on the map.

Central Point has the potential to be the next Durango. It could become one of those tiny, quaint towns packed full of great shops and activities ' like the rodeo.

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Silhouettes evoke a bygone era while a modern-day cowboy thunders down Pine Street in Central Point. The decorations are just one of several ways the city plans to tie in with Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Oct. 25-27. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Mail Tribune Bob Pennell