Organizers striving to continue 101 Wild West Rodeo success and growth

June 19, 2022 | Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY — Dr. Tim Blanton, rodeo events coordinator and member of the 101 Wild West Board of Directors, said that this year’s rodeo was one of the best, and that the organization is striving to make future rodeos bigger and better.

Blanton said there was record attendance at The 63rd 101 Wild West Rodeo held June 9-11 at the rodeo grounds.

“We ran out of tickets on Saturday,” said Blanton. “I believe at least 7,000 people attended and maybe more.”

Blanton said the many highlights of the event includes steer wrestler Riley Duvall, who made rodeo headlines across the nation with a 3.3 second run and win. Duvall’s time was the quickest run of the week in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and earned him $2,076 the PRCA  RAM World Standings. Click here to read more on Duvall.

Blanton said the performers were another highlight of the event.

Musicians, Dax Perrier, The Great Divide and Tyler Booth entertained the crowds.

Following his performance, Perrier posted on his Facebook that he will never forget hearing the crowd singing his music. 

The Great Divide performed Friday night and live streamed it on their Facebook page. The video shows an indication of how large the crowds were.

Country music singer Tyler Booth closed out the rodeo on Saturday night. Blanton said Booth came straight from CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee to the rodeo. For more information on Booth, visit his Facebook page here.

Another weekend feature was the Express Clysdales out of Yukon. The horses took part in the rodeo ceremonies including the parade. Blanton said there were 62 parade entries and that Ponca City Energy was the parade marshall.

“As the rodeo grows and we add National sponsors to the long list of local sponsors, we are also striving to keep the 101 Wild West Heritage alive,” said Blanton.

The history of the 101 Ranch began in the late 1800s with Col. George Miller and his three sons, Jospeh, George Jr. and Zack. (see more here) More history can be found in The Ponca City News archives now located at the Ponca City Library.

Blanton said next year’s rodeo will feature some improvements such as new bleachers. The $657,077 project was approved by city commissioners in Nov. of 2021. (see story). Blanton said the new bleachers will be ADA approved and will consist of concrete and steel structures with aluminum seating. Concrete sidewalks will also be added.  For more on the rodeo visit  https://www.101wildwestrodeo.com