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Burke Stampede rodeo celebrates 25th year

BURKE -- While the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo is taking place in Mitchell this weekend, Burke is hosting its 25th annual Burke Stampede Rodeo.

Mike Wiedman, the vice president of the Burke Riding Club, said hosting the event at the same time as the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo works out well for both rodeos.

"It actually helps," Wiedman said. "The cowboys line it up, so they can go to Mitchell one night and Burke the other night, making two rodeos over the weekend."

The Burke rodeo, which has nightly performances at 7 p.m. today through Sunday, is an amateur rodeo affiliated with the South Dakota Rodeo Association, Nebraska State Rodeo Association, Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association and Mid States Rodeo Association, allowing cowboys who are a part of those associations to win money prizes.

Wiedman said celebrating 25 years speaks a lot about the Burke community.

"It means that we have had a lot of community support," Wiedman said. "The sponsorships that we have made really help us out."

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the rodeo, buckles commemorating the anniversary will be given to all event winners.

This year, the Burke Stampede Rodeo will feature the 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Comedy Act of the Year, Keith Isley.

Tickets for the rodeo are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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