There is going to be a rodeo at Liberty Field Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, rain or shine, according to City Administrator Harold Selby, who is spearheading plans for the event.
Dubbed the Pacific Iron Horse Rodeo, the event will offer eight events with 15 riders each, including saddle bronc, bareback, calf roping, team roping, break away roping, bulldogging and barrel racing.
Volunteers who are organizing the event meet every two weeks to coordinate activities and offer updates.
Speaking at the Aug. 20 board of aldermen meeting, Selby said the promoter will bring in 80 animals for the competition, including bulls, calves, horses and steers.
“We’ve received quite a number of sponsors in the $250 range,” he said. “We also have $1,500 sponsors already.”
The city is arranging bleachers for 1,500 rodeo patrons.
Local rodeo contestants are serving as consultants to help the city prepare the equestrian ring for the events.
The Pacific area has the largest number of Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) card holders in the state, according to local barrel racer Chris Weber.
The Pacific Partnership is assisting the city in promoting the event.
Outlaw Rodeo Productions, Columbia, which put on the Eureka Firefighters Association rodeo for the past 20 years, agreed to move the event to Pacific when the firefighters decided to stop holding an annual rodeo.
This is the 25th anniversary tour for Outlaw Rodeo Productions, which also hosts the Gerald Saddle Club Rodeo in June and the Washington Town and Country Fair Bullride in Washington in August.
Sponsors for the Pacific Rodeo to date are J.R. Green Insurance Services, Route 66 Realtors, O & F Service Auto & Truck Repair, Sign Experts, Cochran Engineering;
Pacific Eagles Aerie 3842, Current News magazine, R.H. Bruns Monument Co., John T. Stricker Grading & Seeding LLC, McDonald’s of Pacific and Allen Roofing & Siding.
There are three levels of sponsorship to help support the event and the city park system — bronze $250, silver $500, and gold $1,500.
Gold sponsors receive a display of their name on the rodeo posters and in promotional material and eight tickets to the rodeo.
Silver sponsors are named in rodeo promotional material and receive four rodeo tickets. Bronze sponsors’ names are displayed on the rodeo banner and receive two rodeo tickets.
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for the event can contact Selby or Richard Adams, code enforcement officer, at Pacific Government Center, 300 Hoven Drive, 636-271-0500.