It's time for the 70th Annual Whoop-Up

Time to think about getting Whoop-Up floats ready

This summer, June 5 to be exact, the Conrad Lions Club will be presenting the 70th annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration.

And before the action begins at the rodeo grounds, the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the children’s parade and the general parade, the biggest little parade in the Golden Triangle.

Jake and Martha Egeler will be serving as the Grand Marshall for the parade and for the kids’ parade both. They hope to see a lot of folks out participating in the parade.

Letha Ashworth, the CofC secretary tells The I-O, “We want kids that want to have a lot fun, this is their opportunity to participate and best of all, no application or experience is needed.”

Parade assembly and judging starts at 9 a.m. at the kids move out and down Main St. at 9:30 a.m.

Treats will be provided at the Conrad Lions Club Swimming Pool Park following the parade.

For the general parade, judging begins at 9:30 a.m. for all the floats, horses, clowns, bands, novelties, farm and machinery, antique vehicles and anyone else who wants to strut their stuff!

Floats and groups should assemble on the east county road by the ball fields. It will get underway at 10:30 a.m.

More detailed information will be coming out in a later newspaper.

For now, if you have questions or need more information, contact Ashworth at the CofC 271-7791


Sheep and steer riders needed for 70th Whoop-Up Trail Days

Parents and grandparents, it’s time to load those cameras and prepare for the sheep and steer riding events at the 70th annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebrations sponsored by the Conrad Lions Club.

Buckaroos can sign up for these popular events at the Gustafson Law Offices, 400 S. Main St., suite 101 (406-278-7521).

There are no entry fees for the sheep riders, but they must weigh 50 pounds or less and complete an entry blank with an attached release signed by both parents before riders will be permitted to hop on their sheep for either the June 5 or 6 afternoon performance.

There will up to 20 entries for each day’s performance and they will assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

Tee shirts designed by local artist Bob Moritz will be presented to each Mutton Buster after their big ride or crash, whatever the case may be.

Each day’s rodeo performances will also feature steer riders who must be between the ages of 8-13 and they will jackpot their $10 entry fees to be awarded after Sunday’s performance.

These riders are also required to complete and entry blank with attached release signed by both parents.

So head ‘em up and move ‘em out….”It’s time to rodeoooooo!”