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Sept. 26, 2008

Cyclone Stampede Rodeo

A collegian competes in the bareback bronc riding competition at last fall's Cyclone Stampede Rodeo. This year's event is slated for Oct. 2-3. Submitted photo.

Cyclone Stampede is Oct. 2-3

by Teddi Barron, News Service

Iowa State students will host college rodeo teams from 13 schools at the 46th annual Cyclone Stampede Rodeo Oct. 2-3.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. both nights at the Iowa State Rodeo Arena, located about two miles south of Lincoln Way on State Avenue.

More than 200 contestants will compete in a long-go (qualifying) round on Thursday and a short-go (final) round on Friday. Men's events include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Women will compete in goat tying, breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping. In addition, an All-Around Cowboy and All-Around Cowgirl will be selected.

The Cyclone Stampede is hosted by the Cyclone Stampede Rodeo Committee. ISU Rodeo Club members will help staff the event, and will have a team competing in the rodeo.

The Cyclone Stampede is the largest college rodeo in Iowa and the second-oldest college rodeo in the Great Plains region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, said Rita Cook, a junior in agricultural business and Stampede treasurer.

The region includes 15 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"Contestants will compete for points that can ultimately earn them a chance to compete at the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.," Cook said.

In addition to events inside the arena, the Story County Pork Producers will offer grilled pork burgers and brats; Smith's Concessions will sell caramel apples, corn dogs, funnel cakes and other food; Cowboy Way will sell western ware; and Steve Martin the Shirt Slinger will sell personalized rodeo T-shirts.

Advance tickets (adults $9, students $8, children 6-12 years $5) will be sold in the Memorial Union near the food court on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1-2 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily). Children 5 years and younger are admitted free. Admission increases $1 at the gate. A two-day pass is available for $15.


Cyclone Stampede Rodeo

7 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3
ISU rodeo arena, south State Avenue