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Lake Chelan Rodeo brings family fun to town (Photo Gallery)

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Rodeo royalty passes the boot around to raise funds for a local Chelan family. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

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Lake Chelan area residents and vacationers gathered at the annual Lake Chelan Rodeo on Friday and Saturday night, Aug. 4-5, 2017. The Rodeo featured the traditional events of Bareback Riding, Saddlebronc Riding, Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, and Ranch Bronc Riding.

On Saturday, spectators enjoyed the “Blue and Gold” night, which was a tribute to FFA (Future Farmers of America) the famous Chicken Race for kids, along with the many traditional events.

On Saturday, August 5 2017, spectators enjoyed the “Blue and Gold” night, which was a tribute to FFA. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

The Grand Entry featured the Shadow Bay Belgians from Watson’s Harverene Resort. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

The Grand Entry featured the Shadow Bay Belgians from Watson’s Harverene Resort, local and state FFA Officers, a tribute to the FFA and FFA Advisors from around the state, visiting royalty, and local dignitaries.

Rodeo Announcer Tucker Cool returned to his hometown and brought all the rodeo action for both nights. Professional bullfighter and rodeo clown, Kyle Bode was also present and put on a great show. The two men responsible for  great performances of bucking bull riding and bucking horse riding were the duo Mel Layton and Mark McMillan. Twenty years ago they formed Layton and McMillan Rodeos. They provide the stock for 15 to 18 rodeos a year all over the Northwest. 

Mark McMillan brought outstanding Bucking Horses to the Lake Chelan Rodeo. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

Barrel Racing was a crowd favorite along with other traditional events. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

“Mel has received many awards from the Pro-West for bucking bull of the year over the years,” Cool said. “Mel also has many bulls that he has sent up to the PBR ranks that have made it to the PBR finals in Las Vegas.”

“Rodeo is their passion and well has their livelihood and they want to do everything they can to ensure the future of the sport. They will give you their best every time,” Cool said.

The annual Lake Chelan Rodeo would not have been a success without the support of the community, local businesses, and Layton and McMillan rodeos.

Kids under 12 prepare for the Famous Chicken Race. Winners received $10 cash. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

The annual Lake Chelan Rodeo was a great weekend for families and all guests. (Photo by Stephanie Quiroz)

(By Stephanie Quiroz)

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