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Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo returns to Merrill

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT
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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo returns to Lincoln County Friday night and the organizers could not be happier to see the Merrill Festival grounds filling up with contestants and livestock once again.

Gates open up at 5 p.m. Friday. Spectators can take advantage of the products available from merchandise and food vendors alike. The competitions will start at 7 p.m. with a pre-show by the Armed Services Appreciation performance.

The weekend is chock-full of excitement, with events like steer wrestling as well as timed competitions.

Asked if the weather was going to affect Friday’s opening, Wisconsin River Rodeo President Bryan “Lurch” Bloch said, “We’re going to rodeo.”

Live music will be performed Friday and Saturday nights by Jerry Schmidt and his band, who have played all over the country, including legendary venues in Nashville.

Saturday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night with proceeds going to cancer research and the search for a cure by Marshfield Clinic. Sunday is family day, complete with a kids’ “boot scramble,” and candy toss, and the coronation of the rodeo queen at noon.

Throughout the event, acclaimed rodeo clown Dusty Myers will be on hand to keep the cowpokes safe and the audience entertained.

Tickets are $17 at the door for anyone 6 and up. Kids 5 and under are free.

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