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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 6:32 am

The city of Pacific and Pacific Partnership are organizing the first rodeo in recent history and the first in the equestrian center at Liberty Field.

The rodeo, which is being hosted by the city, will be organized in a four-way work plan involving the city administration, park board, emergency agencies and the Partnership.

The rodeo will be held in Liberty Field on South First Street Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12.

The city is arranging bleachers for 1,500 rodeo patrons.

Mayor Herb Adams, who said the city has great hopes for the rodeo, named City Administrator Harold Selby the point man for the event.

Adams said it’s his goal to enlist the help the city needs to host a successful rodeo from all the individuals and organizations that have experience in public events. He said he recalled in his childhood rodeos were held on the site where the Eagles building now stands.

“This is a chance for us to bring back something that was huge for our city,” he said.

In a preliminary look at how the work assignments would be handled, Selby said each participating group would do what they do best.

“The city will handle the infrastructure, which is what we have the equipment and skills to do,” he said. “The Partnership will handle the promotion, advertising, vendors and sponsors. This is what they’ve developed in hosting Cruise Night.”

Stephen Flannery, park board president, said he asked local rodeo competitors to advise his board on the needs at the equestrian rink for a rodeo.

“We’re going to get one shot to get this right the first time,” Flannery said. “If the rink is not right, the rodeo contestants won’t come back a second time.”

With advice offered by the local rodeo contestants, the city will make the improvements to the equestrian ring to make it a viable rodeo venue, he added.

Bill McLaren, Partnership president, said the organization would assign a four-person rodeo committee to harness the activities assigned to the Partnership. The committee includes McLaren, Adam Krauss, who chaired the successful 2013 Cruise Night; April Aubuchon, who has spearheaded vendor assignments for several city events; and Loyd Harris, a previous Cruise Night chair.

“Among the four of us, we’ll look at what works best for a rodeo,” McLaren said.

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 bull ride in Washington in August.

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