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Stampede events for Thursday

OMAK -Top cowboys and cowgirls – more than 340 of them - are signed up to compete at the 83rd annual Omak Stampede, which kicks off tonight.

The 81st World-Famous Suicide Race, plus the Omak Stampede Indian Encampment, grand parade, an art show and other Western fun accompany the rodeo.

Show time is 7 p.m. tonight in the Omak Stampede Arena, 421 Stampede Drive E.

Tickets are available from the Stampede ticket office next to the arena in East Side Park, online or by phone.

Prices vary, depending on the performance and section. Special prices are offered tonight for family night.

Fans can expect a full range of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing.

Assisting the cowboys will be bullfighters Erick Schwindt and Rowdy Barry, and clown and barrelman J.J. Harrison, who grew up in Okanogan. The specialty act is Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls.

The announcer will be Steve Kenyon. Stock contractors are Big Bend, Ritzville, and Flying 5, Pomeroy.

A running of the World-Famous Suicide Race comes after the rodeo performance.

Suicide Race fans wearing booster buttons, available on the grounds and in local businesses, will be admitted to special viewing areas on the hill and the dike in the park. A rodeo ticket stub from the performance preceding each race also grants admission to the dike area.

Viewing also is available from many areas of the arena for rodeo ticket holders.

Fees are charged for parking on the grounds, with day and weekend passes available. Flaggers will be on hand to help direct traffic at the end of each rodeo performance.

Separate parking fees apply in the encampment area.

Schedule of today’s events

All day Vendors East Side Park

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Omak Western and Native Art Show 19 N. Main St.

4 p.m. Wrangler Kids Night Stampede Arena

Evening Encampment campers’ night East Side Park, east end

5-11 p.m. Davis Shows Carnival East Side Park, west end

5 p.m. Christians in Action gospel stage East Side Park, west of arena

7 p.m. Omak Stampede Stampede Arena

After rodeo World-Famous Suicide Race Suicide Hill and Stampede arena


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