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54th IPRA Championship Rodeo continues Sunday in Wauconda

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  • Tim Murphy competes in bareback riding during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Tim Murphy competes in bareback riding during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rodeo clown Eugene Fowler runs away from his exploding piano after playing "Great Balls of Fire" during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Rodeo clown Eugene Fowler runs away from his exploding piano after playing "Great Balls of Fire" during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Larissa Pietrzak of the MidWest Renegades Drill Team performs during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Larissa Pietrzak of the MidWest Renegades Drill Team performs during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Jenny Vlahos of the Midwest Renegades Drill Team performs during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Jenny Vlahos of the Midwest Renegades Drill Team performs during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Emma Saldana, 2, of Wauconda gets a good look at the horses while getting a boost from her mom, Katie, during intermission at the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Emma Saldana, 2, of Wauconda gets a good look at the horses while getting a boost from her mom, Katie, during intermission at the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Cobie Norris carries the flag during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.

      Cobie Norris carries the flag during the 54th annual IPRA Championship rodeo Saturday in Wauconda.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald Report

The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the IPRA Championship Rodeo for the 54th consecutive year Saturday at the Golden Oaks Equestrian Center on Case and Rand roads in Wauconda.

The show kicked off with pre-rodeo activities, including a mechanical bull, food booths, a beer garden and merchandise vendors. Rodeo performances included routines by the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team, trick riders, and antics from the rodeo clowns alongside six rodeo events: Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Cowgirl Barrel Racing, Steer Roping and Tie-Down Roping.

The rodeo continues Sunday with Family Day; gates will open at 1 p.m. Pre-rodeo festivities include a free petting zoo, $3 pony rides and a moonwalk. The food booths, beer garden, mechanical bull and vendors will also be available.

The rodeo will begin with the return of the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team, along with specialty acts and professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the country competing in rodeo events for fans of all ages.

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