City officials say a local cowboy who predicted that the city was thinking too small about the upcoming Iron Horse Rodeo would appear to be right.
Kevin McSorley, who with his wife Kim and two sons, Justin and Tyler, will compete in the Pacific event, said officials might not see the potential draw of the first Pacific rodeo in the city equestrian park.
“I think they’re undershooting it,” McSorley said.
Now, city officials say they are stepping up plans for a larger audience.
The event will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, in the equestrian ring in Liberty Field, which can be entered on Pacific Street off South First Street.
The city had originally arranged for 1,500 bleacher seats for the two shows, but is now ordering additional bleachers for the event, according to City Administrator Harold Selby.
“I received a call from a lady in Oklahoma who is bringing 50 people,” Selby said. “We know we’re going to have to get more seating.”
This call also foretells that the event could be a boon to local motels and restaurants, he said.
Klance Staging, Pacific, is providing the bleachers at a very low cost, according to Selby.
Rodeo riders and event sponsors also are showing an interest in the event.
“As of today 350 participants have signed up,” Selby said.
The Father Edward Berry Council Knights of Columbus will operate the refreshment tent.
Aldermen also have approved a measure for the organizers to silk-screen the Iron Horse Rodeo logo on T-shirts to be sold to benefit the D.A.R.E. program.