An Indiana family will be guests of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Thursday following the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce's annual rodeo pullover event.
The Harpers of McCordsville, Indiana, were pulled over by Davison County Sheriff Steve Harr on Interstate 90 on Thursday morning and were offered the chance to be guests of the city of Mitchell for the community's rodeo. The family of four — Todd, Lauri and children Lily, age 12, and Sampson, age 10 — received VIP tickets to Thursday night's performance.
Other perks of the pullover included a night's stay at the Comfort Inn, lunch at The Depot Pub and Grill, coupons for custard at Culver's, free admission to Mitchell area attractions and a Mitchell gift basket. The family also received a key to the city from Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson.
McCordsville is a suburb of Indianapolis, about 830 miles from Mitchell.
The pullover is an annual tradition on the opening day of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, providing a special day to a family traveling from out of state, provided they have the flexibility to make the day in Mitchell and attending the rodeo work into their schedule.
The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday with a bull riding event, followed by three nights of traditional rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Horsemen's Sports Arena on the northern edge of Mitchell.
The rodeo is marking its golden anniversary celebration this year after 50 rodeos in Mitchell since 1971.