Three days of rodeos, parades, carnivals, and even an air show kicked off Thursday night in Preston. All the events coordinate with That Famous Preston Night Rodeo taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Preston was the first night rodeo to be recognized in the world, hence the name That Famous ‘Night’ Rodeo. Now 80 years later, the tradition has continued and grown, spawning other events surrounding the three days of rodeo.
A free bus service is provided so people don’t have to worry about fighting for parking to get to the rodeo each evening. Each rodeo features team roping, mutton bustin’, saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
Specialty act John Harrison also entertains the crowd with his trick riding. Harrison, a native of Soper, Oklahoma, stands atop two horses doing various routines and at the end jumps the horses through a horseshoe of fire.
There is a parade each day beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a different theme for the parade each day. Thursday night was Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, Friday is Patriot Night and Saturday is Celebrate Cowboy Night. Following the parade each day is the City of Fun Carnival complete with a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, carnival games and more.
A downtown sidewalk sale is also put on by Preston businesses each day. Saturday morning a chuckwagon breakfast takes place from 7-10 a.m.
Besides those events directly tied to the rodeo, a few other events are taking place this weekend in Preston. July’s Skys airshow is at the Preston Municipal Airport on Saturday. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the airshow begins at 10:30. Opportunities to purchase or win rides in vintage airplanes will also be taking place, including a chance at a ride with aerobatic pilot Brad Wursten.
The Preston Biathlon fundraiser for Special Olympics is Saturday starting with a 1 mile fun run at 7:30 and the biathlon at 8 a.m. The biathlon combines a 5K run with a 14 mile bike ride around Preston. Individuals can compete individually or as a team of two. There is also a youth category.