Ken Brown, head of the Rodeo Parade planning committee, has announced that there will be free parking at the rodeo grounds (in the roped-off area) and a shuttle service from there to downtown and back for the Sidney Rodeo Days events and the Rodeo Parade on August 3.

The shuttle will be running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, and is provided by Sidney Hometown Pride and Faith in Action. Between the Rodeo Parade and Rodeo Days events, organizers hope to see a large enough crowd on the Sidney square that visitors (and residents and business owners) will be glad of the parking elsewhere and available shuttle.

Brown and Sidney Hometown Pride took over planning of the Rodeo Parade this year and have big plans to grow the event this year and each of the following.

Jaccqulene Tackett is in charge of planning Rodeo Days, a new way of celebrating the last day of the Sidney Rodeo, and has been working on a full schedule of events for the day. Some of the planned events include a free will donation pancake breakfast, bounce houses and face painting, a flea market and car show, a story walk, live music and beer gardens, among other things.

Two events parents might want to sign their children up for ahead of time include the Junior Rodeo Clown Contest and the Rodeo Days Queen/Princess Contest.

The Junior Rodeo Clown Contest takes place at 11 a.m. on the 3rd on the courthouse lawn. This contest is for boys going into kindergarten through sixth grade. Judging will be based on best rodeo clown outfit, performance, and a question and answer session. Parents should contact Tackett at 402-209-3357 for more information or to sign up.

The Rodeo Days Queen/Princess Contest for girls going into kindergarten through sixth grade will take place before that on July 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place. Sign ups for that contest are due July 22.

Planning for the Rodeo Parade is ongoing, and more information can be seen on the Facebook page “Sidney Rodeo Parade.”

Planning and sign ups for various events for Rodeo Days is also ongoing and ever-changing, and information can be found on the “Sidney Rodeo Days” Facebook page.


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