Conrad gets ready to rock at 73rd annual Lions Club Whoop-Up

Grand Marshalls Glen and Ruby Bouma




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Conrad is going to be a rockin’ town next weekend.

The Conrad Lions Club will be putting on their annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration with a bunch of activities and two days of some of the best rodeo you ever plopped down on a hillside to watch.

This year the party starts on Friday with the Lions Whoop-Up golf tournament at the Pondera Golf Course. It’s not too late to get a foursome together for a 10 a.m. tee time for some links play. Call Teri Jo Fitzgerald at 278-3402 for more information.

Also on Friday, the rodeo Calcutta action starts at 7 p.m. out at the Branding Iron. Go out and buy your cowboy.

On Saturday at the PGC, the group Smart Alex band will play following the rodeo action. A $10 wrist band will get you into the concert, starting at 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Pondera Arts Council will have the good time cowboy music of Ken Overcast and the sensational fiddling of his nine-year-old granddaughter Molly Halingstad.

Overcast is well-known for his guitar playing, singing and storytelling that has delighted many audiences.
His granddaughter is an award-winning fiddler sensation.

Tickets are available at Olson’s Drug, Creative Addictions and the Theatre. You will save $3 by getting your ticket in advance rather than at the door. 

Saturday morning gets going bright and early at 7 a.m.. Pull on your boots and hitch up your chaps, grab your hat and mosey down to the Lions Club FREE pancake and ham breakfast at Meadowlark School, 17 3rd Ave. SW.

This is one of the great social gatherings of the year, not to mention a super breakfast.
At 8 a.m. runners and walkers will blast off from in front of the courthouse on 20 4th Ave. SW in the Pondera Medical Center 5K run and 1-mile walk in the Whoop-Up Fun Run and Relay.

You can pre-register at the front desk of the PMC. For more information, contact Charlene Bouma at the hospital, 271-3211.

This year, the Children’s Parade has a new starting time, 10 a.m. Kids can line up in front of Meadowlark School before the parade.

There are four divisions; 1. Best Costume, 2. Best Pet, 3. Best entry on Wheels (non-bikes) and 4. Best Bikes.

For more information, contact Barbie Killion at the Conrad Chamber of Commerce, 271-7791.

Then settle in and park yourself on the curbside for the start of the General Parade which gets rolling at 11 a.m. Judging of outfits, floats and vehicles starts 10 a.m.

There are three divisions, A. floats and groups which need to assemble alongside the baseball fields; Division B; bands and marching groups, drill teams and clowns should be in line at the Legion Park. Division C; cars should be assembling at Michigan and 7th Ave. and Division D; horses and driving rigs should come together at Iowa St. and 8th Ave, by the American Legion ball field.

The parade will head down Seventh Ave., go north on Main St. and go to Second Ave. South and go west, moving to Sunset Blvd. and the PMC to disband.

The parade route was established to accommodate the residents of the Horizon Lodge and PMC-Extended Care Unit, for more information, contact the CofC at 271-7791.

Every good parade needs a Grand Marshall and this year the general parade is pleased to announce that there are two: Glen and Ruby Bouma.

In 1973, Glen was presented with an Outstanding Young Farmer award by the Conrad Jaycees. The following year he was selected to receive the second place Outstanding Young Farmer award for Montana.

In 2010, both Glen and Ruby were selected as the Montana High School Association and U.S. Bank’s Super Fan award. This program provides recognition for deserving individuals who support their community’s school activities.

In 1971, Ruby was presented with an Outstanding Young Educator award from the Conrad Jaycees.

In 1990, the Brady School Board presented her with an award in recognition of her 22 years of service to the Brady School district. Last year, the Conrad Public School system presented her with an award for teaching the communities kids for the past 50 years.

In 2008, the Conrad Area CofC presented her with the Unsung Hero award for “stepping up-to the plate” and volunteering and helping our community and others.

Both Glen and Ruby have given of their time and helped for years as 4-H leaders for the Trail Blazers and 4 Leaf Clover 4-H Clubs. They also work and support the Pondera Shooting Sports Club building. They helped build the horse barn at the Marias Fair grounds and help with endless jobs and duties each summer at the Marias Fair.
Both donate, work and support the activities of the American Red Cross blood drives and the Pondera Food Pantry.

Glen is a graduate of Conrad High School and Ruby graduated from Choteau High School and attended college at MSU-Bozeman and Northern in Havre. You seldom see the couple separated. They were married 52 years ago in 1961.

Action at the rodeo grounds gets going with the free stick horse rodeo for future Cowboys and Cowgirls at 11:30 a.m. Call Robert Rohrer at 278-5758 for more information.

The real start of the two-day non- stop rodeo action gets going at 1 p.m. The gates are open at 11:30. The rodeo grounds are located one mile east of Conrad on the Sollid Road, then three miles north on the Frontage Road.

The rodeo is associated with the Northern Rodeo Association and is co-sponsored by Native American Cowboys.

Sunday the rodeo begins at 8 a.m. with slack time. The Lions Club will be cookin’ up a ham and eggs and pancake breakfast along with a cup of Joe to get your day going. Rodeo action starts at 1 p.m.

Jacobs Livestock is once again providing the stock for the rodeo. The livestock are just like athletes and some of the best buckin’ horses and bulls in northcentral Montana will be challenging the Cowboys to stay aboard for eight seconds.

Saturday is “turn the hill blue” with proceeds from the 50/50 raffle going to CASA. Sunday is also the third year of “turn the hill pink”. For everyone who comes to the rodeo wearing pink on Sunday, the Lions Club will donate $1 to the Conrad Cancer Foundation.

The rodeo clown will be our own Z-man, Zane Drishinski. His antics are just about worth the price of admission.

There are also two-days of Mutton-Busting and a new event, mini-bull riding. See a related story on the sports page of the I-O or call the Gustafson Law office for more information at 278-7521.

The Lions club will be cooking up their world famous Whoop-Up burgers at the cook shack. You will not find a better burger anywhere for the two days of Whoop-Up rodeo.

Come on out this weekend and be a part of the great American heritage, the Rodeo. See you there pard!