By RODNEY D. BOAM
Preston residents put on their best for rodeo weekend, hoping to make people feel welcome in the community.
There are a lot of activities during rodeo weekend people can participate in besides the rodeo.
There is a Chuckwagon Breakfast Saturday, July 28, at 7 a.m. in the city park with pancakes, eggs, hashbrown potatoes, sausage, juice or milk. All you can eat.
The Preston Biatholon/15k bike race with 5k run begins at 7:30 a.m. at the north side of West Motor. Contact Groll Family Fitness to sign up for the event by July 27 at 852-2542.
Local merchants and others will have their wares out on the sidewalk sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The sidewalk sale begins when the businesses open their doors in the morning until 5 p.m. when they will close for the parade.
The other reason the talent pool gets better every year is because of the proximity of Preston’s rodeo in relation to other top rodeos in the region. The cowboys can do the Days of ’47 in Salt Lake City then come to Preston and go to other rodeos in the region.
The committee also tries to spoil the cowboys so they will want to return to the longest running night rodeo this side of the Mississippi. They set up a hospitality room with cold drinks, they feed them the best food they can rustle up and try and make them feel as welcome as they possibly can, while trying to lure them for a return visit.
“If we take good care of the cowboys, they will want to come back,” said Rodeo Committee member Kris Beckstead.
With three days of parades, street vendors and sidewalk sales, the City of Fun Carnival is a great addition. The rides and concessions open after the parade nightly.
The carnival will be at the city park next to the rodeo grounds again. There is fun for everyone, if watching cowboys and cowgirls on the backs of horses and bulls is not your thing or if the feel and thrill of a high speed ride excites you, this weekend Preston is the place to be.
As in years past, the carnival has a special Thursday night family pricing to help families enjoy the evening together at an affordable rate.
The Pleasant Grove, Utah, based company features over 23 thrilling rides, with four breathtaking super rides, 10 major rides and 10 family fun or kid’s rides.
This year’s rodeo and carnival will be held on July 26, 27 and 28, starting at 8:30 p.m. all three nights.
Call 852-0898 for ticket prices and seating information.
This story is sponsored by Kristel’s Korner and Franklin County Fair.
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