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Culhanes honored at Rodeo Mixer

Kevin Culhane, left, jokes with Leland Nesheim after the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Mixer Tuesday evening at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. Culhane was inducted in the rodeo's hall of fame during the mixer. (Chris Huber/Republic)

It was a family affair Tuesday night at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Mixer.

Two members of the Culhane family were honored for their service to the rodeo during the event at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell.

Kevin Culhane was inducted into the rodeo's hall of fame, and his father Don Culhane was named parade marshal for Saturday's rodeo parade.

"Kevin was part of the group that revitalized the rodeo in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and he has done some great things for the community after serving with the committee," said Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Chairman Jim Miskimins.

"I am completely shocked," Kevin Culhane said. "I loved being on the committee and I am so pleased about what the rodeo in Mitchell has grown into."

Kevin was a member of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee for 10 years.

Don Culhane was the owner of Culhane Dairy, which was one of the iconic businesses in Mitchell during the 1970s, according to Miskimins.

"They are just one of the really good strong families in the Mitchell community and their dairy was kind of an icon in this town, and we felt like this would be a great way to honor their family," Miskimins said.

This year's parade theme is "Even Cowboys Like a Little Rock and Roll." The parade will begin at the north end of Main Street in Mitchell at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Horseman's Sports Arena. A slack performance will be at 8 a.m. Friday. A jackpot team roping event will be today at 7 p.m.