OUR VIEW: Don’t let the heat keep you away from the rodeoThe Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo opens its annual run Thursday, with four shows on what are sure to be four steamy nights. Is it worth attending the rodeo, and participating in what has become “rodeo week” here in Mitchell? We sure think so.
The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo opens its annual run Thursday, with four shows on what are sure to be four steamy nights. Is it worth attending the rodeo, and participating in what has become “rodeo week” here in Mitchell? We sure think so.
Consider that the committee that oversees the yearly festivities is philanthropic with the proceeds that are generated from the rodeo. We know of several charities that receive rodeo money, and we also know the rodeo committee doesn’t clamor for attention when it makes these generous donations. Simply put, the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo is a nonprofit event, held for the enjoyment of Mitchell-area rodeo fans.
Also consider that the committee spends much time each year trying to constantly improve the rodeo, all for the sake of spectators.
We know that committee members scour the country in search of exceptional entertainers, announcers and talent in general. Sometimes they hit big — such as the monkey/dog act that has since become a national sensation — and sometimes they don’t. The point is that the committee spends much time working behind the scenes to make the rodeo better.
Too, physical upgrades are part of the annual routine at the rodeo arena. The Daily Republic recently profiled the committee’s longtime effort to improve spectator seating.
Also consider that other groups and service clubs benefit from the rodeo. The Mitchell Hockey Association, for example, raises money for its general fund by providing volunteers at the rodeo.
And finally, the rodeo, its Saturday parade and other related activities bring people to town, plain and simple.
We know it’s hot this week, and we know that’s really the only great complaint people have with the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. But we urge people to look past that trivial inconvenience and remember all that the rodeo does for Mitchell and its business community.
Go enjoy the rodeo.