By Kendra Evensen
FIRTH â€” Itâ€™s time for young cowboys and cowgirls to start practicing their chicken chasing, sheep riding and barrel racing skills for the 49th annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo in Firth, a small town between Blackfoot and Idaho Falls.
The event is set to take place at the Firth Riverview Arena, near Firth High Schoolâ€™s football field, on Aug. 1 and 2. The rodeo begins each night at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger; proceeds benefit Firth FFA and local 4-H programs.
Kristine Edwards an event organizer said they hold the same events each night of the rodeo in order to accommodate everyone.
â€śWe have over 150 participants each night,â€ť she said.
July 26 is the last day that kids can sign up to participate in the rodeo that includes: stick pony races and a ribbon pull for children 4 and younger; sheep riding, ribbon tying and goat roping for children between the ages of 5 and 8; wild goat milking, a pig scramble, sheep dressing and barrel racing for kids between the ages of 8 and 12; and calf riding for children between the ages of 9 and 12. Each child can participate in one event, and the $5 registration fee includes rodeo admission and a belt buckle, according to rodeo officials.
Children can register for the rodeo at Firth High School Vocational Agriculture Building on July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A legal guardian must be present. For more information about the rodeo and other event details, call 208-339-4831.
There will also be a chicken scramble for children 5 and younger during the event, but there is no preregistration or fee required for that activity.
â€śBy far, the sheep riding is the most popular event, but a close second would be the chicken chase,â€ť Edwards said.
Kids from all over Idaho and surrounding states participate in the rodeo that has drawn people from as far as New York before, Edwards said.
â€śWe do have several families who plan vacations and family reunions around when the rodeo is,â€ť she said.
Aside from the rodeo, the event will also include a breakfast, parade and other activities.
The Cowboy Breakfast will take place in the Firth City Park area on Aug. 2, from 8- to 10 a.m. The meal costs $5 per person or $20 per family.
The â€śOld Westâ€ť themed parade will take place on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m., beginning at Firth High School. The route will go from Lincoln to the main highway then down Roosevelt, ending at Firth City Park. (Anyone who wants to participate in the parade should be at the high school at 10:30 a.m.)
â€śSpectators can expect a variety of creative and unique entries â€” everything from horses to bikes and ATVs, fire trucks and grand marshals,â€ť Edwards said, adding that longtime community members and rodeo volunteers Fred and Carol Mundt will serve as the grand marshals.
Following the parade, there will be food, orchestra music and other activities at Firth City Park. Vendors who would like to set up a booth at no cost can call the number previously listed.
Edwards hopes people will attend the rodeo this year.
â€śIt is always a great time even if you are just there to watch,â€ť she said, but she still encourages those who are eligible to participate in the event. â€śIt is so much fun to participate in it that we encourage all to try something!â€ť
Little Buckaroo Rodeo events:
Rodeo â€” Aug. 1 and 2, Firth Riverview Arena, 7 p.m.
Parade â€” Aug. 2, Firth High School, 11 a.m.
Cowboy Breakfast â€” Aug. 2, Firth City Park area, 8- to 10 a.m.