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.
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.
“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.
(By Stephanie Quiroz)