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Jackson County Expo Prepares for the Rodeo

By Danielle Craig

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hundreds of cowboys and girls are headed to central point for the Jackson County Expo’s second largest event of the year. The Wild Rogue Pro-Rodeo kicks off Thursday night, but it’s been a year in the making.

Before the arena fills with cowboys and girls, it’s a race against time. Expo workers and volunteers have been adding the final touches to the fair grounds, wrangling volunteers to finish projects like the New Rogue Saloon; preparing the pens and putting up the big jumbo-tron screen.

“You go, ‘Gee, I hope the livestock shows up for the performance, I hope the rodeo queens make it’ and, sure enough, everybody comes together and gels,” says Fair Director Dave Koellermeier.

That to-do list is being shortened: livestock have arrived and so have the rodeo queens. The makings of a rodeo are more than just cowboys and girls, bucking broncos and bull riding, but also staying true to tradition.

“We had a branding event with all of the people that had a registered brand and the county came in and put their mark on their hitching post out there… I like that stuff because its a reflection on the heritage of this area,” Fair Director Dave Koellermeier.

The event begins Thursday night at 6 p.m. for a full list of events, click here.