County fair staying with rodeo contractor
Tonganoxie The Leavenworth County Fair Board decided to stick with Skeet Davis and Six Crowns Rodeo Company for next year's fair rodeo.
Fair Board President David Todd said the board had signed with Davis in the past and he had done a fine job, but the board had discussed pursuing other bids.
"You don't want to stay with the same contractor over and over again," Todd said. "You need to compete it every once and awhile."
After unsuccessful attempts to obtain other bids, the board signed an $11,000 contract with Davis during last week's board meeting. Todd said the contract was $1,000 less than last year because board members decided to drop the novelty act.
Past rodeos have fallen on the same date as larger rodeos in the Midwest, which Todd believes has contributed to the lower number of contestants for the county fair rodeo.
This year, the rodeo will be part of a series put on by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. in conjunction with the International Professional Rodeo Association. Todd said cowboys would travel to each rodeo in the series to earn points and compete for prizes. He said this should increase the number of contestants.
The rodeo still will be on Thursday and Friday nights of fair week.
Admission prices will be the same as last year - $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 and no charge for children 6 and younger.
"We're going to do a one-year (contract) with an option," Todd said. "If everything goes well and the board is happy, we'll probably renew for an additional two years."
The board also agreed to play host to a youth rodeo on Tuesday night of fair week, however details about the event may not be finalized until May or June, Todd said.