Rodeo related attractions make Burlingame come to life well beyond the arena action.
“It’s time for the 49th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo May 17-19,” announced Ethan Quaney, Burlingame Saddle Club official.
“It’s time for the Burlingame Rodeo Days Saturday, May 18,” announced Les Holman, Chamber of Commerce official.
What could be more appropriate for a rural community than a rodeo activity weekend? After all, Burlingame is right on the famed original Santa Fe Trail “where rail crosses trail.”
In the mid-1800s, trains originally hauled freight right through what’s now Burlingame, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Then oxen and equine power was replaced by big iron horses, steam engine powered trains. The railroad tracks cross right over the original Santa Fe Trail, according to the weekend coordinators.
“The Santa Fe Trail Rodeo is Friday and Saturday evenings, May 17-18, in our arena on South Rodeo Drive,” Quaney explained.
“Those performances featuring livestock from High States Rodeo Company begin at 7 o’clock,” the rodeo official said.
Again a highlight for the rodeo weekend in Burlingame is the Sunday afternoon, May 19, youth rodeo beginning at noon. High Stakes Rodeo Company is also providing livestock for that competition.
The amateur rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings is double sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association. Sunday’s rodeo is an event of the Missouri-Kansas Rodeo Association with entries from both states competing.
Almost impossible to list the entire wide array of activities planned in Burlingame for the annual Rodeo Days celebration. “It’ll sure be a fun packed entertaining Saturday, May 18, for everybody,” Holman said.
A running kickoff for the action is the Bucking 5K Fun Run at 9 o’clock. There’ll be a craft show from 10 o’clock, to 4 o’clock attracting exhibitors from a wide area. Tractor and car shows are planned as well.
A Farm Bureau peddle pull for youth four to 12, opens with registration at 9 o’clock. Of course, everybody’s anticipating the Cutest Baby Contest at 10 o’clock, and the Pie Eating Contest at 1 o’clock.
Sissy and Earl are lined up to entertain with live music on Stage 56, from 11 o’clock, to 2 o’clock.
Bunting Chuck Wagon will be serving free samples of authentic cowboy beans and coffee. There’s going to be homemade ice cream dipped up at the library. Thrills Kettle Corn promises to be delicious eating, too.
Such a Saturday event is most exciting for the children and all young at heart. On tap are a carnival, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides and a kid’s dance at The Hideout.
The Schulyer Museum is to be open for a “trip back in time” from 8 o’clock, to 4 o’clock, when a taco supper begins.
“Salute To The American Cowboy” is the most appropriate theme for the annual Rodeo Days Parade at 3 o’clock. Entries of all types are welcome to get there ahead of time lining up in the high school parking lot.
Rodeo action highlights bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding. A rodeo funnyman will keep spectators on the edge of their seats each evening.
Sunday’s youth rodeo matinee will offer traditional events as well as a number of competitions especially for the younger set.
Burlingame is the place to be this weekend May 17-18-19. It’s rodeo time and all sorts of accompanying attractions.
Details are available on Facebook, with High Stakes Rodeo Company’s website also highlighting the rodeo.