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Top riders coming to town for Corn Palace Stampede

The 47th Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo returns today, with some of the region and country's top riders taking center stage at the Horseman's Sports Arena on the north edge of Mitchell.

The crows' nest box seats are pictured at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo July 15, 2016 at the Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)
The crows' nest box seats are pictured at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo July 15, 2016 at the Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The 47th Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo returns today, with some of the region and country's top riders taking center stage at the Horseman's Sports Arena on the north edge of Mitchell.

The event begins at 8 p.m. each day, through Sunday.

The stampede will feature bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There's also mutton busting for children ages 4 to 6, which will be held nightly, along with the kids candy toss.

Onida's Sutton Rodeo Company will again provide the rodeo's stock. Sutton Rodeo stock has been selected to perform at 55 of the 57 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos.

Here are five of the top participants to watch out for this week at the Corn Palace Stampede:

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Joe Beaver, team roping (header), Okeechobee, Florida: Perhaps the biggest name of the event, Beaver is an eight-time World Champion and member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He's won five world tie-down roping titles and three world all-around championships. Beaver has qualified for 22 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos. He's the fifth man in pro rodeo history to surpass $3 million in career earnings. Beaver and heeling partner McCoy Profili are scheduled to compete tonight. Beaver's wife, Jenna, will also compete tonight in the barrel racing.

Ty Breuer, bareback riding, Mandan, North Dakota: A two-time WNFR qualifier, Breuer has won more than $400,000 in his professional career. Breuer is currently ranked 16th in the world standings with $45,733 earned this year. Breuer will ride tonight and his brother, Casey, will compete in the bareback riding on Sunday night.

Charly Crawford, team roping (header), Prineville, Oregon: Crawford is an eight-time WNFR qualifier and has earned more than $1 million. He's currently 11th in the world standings with just over $40,000 earned this year. Crawford, along with heeling partner Joseph Harrison, were co-winners at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, Oklahoma in May. They both netted $2,934 for the win. Crawford and Harrison will be in Mitchell on Friday night.

Heith DeMoss, saddle bronc riding, Heflin, Louisiana: DeMoss is an eight-time WNFR qualifier and has compiled more than $1.1 million in career earnings. He's currently ranked 13th in the world standings with $41,839 earned this season. He's won three rodeos this year, including a $3,382 check for winning the Reno Rodeo in June. DeMoss will be in Mitchell tonight.

Chuck Schmidt, saddle bronc riding, Keldron: Schmidt is a three-time WNFR qualifier and has racked up more than $437,000, including $38,306 this year. Schmidt is currently ranked 14th in the world standings. He won the 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida ($4,907) and the Sundre ProRodeo in Alberta, Canada ($2,003) this year. He is set to compete in Mitchell on Sunday night.

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