Clarissa Witt Miss Stanley 2022 contestant
It’s time to Rodeo at Chapman Park!

Event to kick o with Miss Stanley crowning Friday

Ready to rodeo?

If so, come on down. The best show around is coming down to Chapman Park this weekend June 17 through June 19—and it’s just $10 for a two day child’s ticket. One day adult tickets are $17 advance and $20 at the gate, while two day is $25 advance and $30 at the gate. Family tickets good for two adults and three children to attend one day are $40 advance and $60 at the gate. Things start Friday evening, with the Kiddie Corral and Food Stand opening at 4 p.m., with queen coronation at 6 p.m.

This year the Miss Stanley contest has one candidate, 17-year-old Clarissa Witt.

Clarissa, a junior at Stanley-Boyd RODEO

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High School, plans to attend tech school after graduating to be- come a flight attendant. Her hobbies include spending time out side with family, going on walks with her dog Duke, and frisbee golfing. As to why she's running for Miss Stanley, Witt had the following to say.

“I would like to be Miss Stanley because it’s always been my childhood dream,” she made known. “I could remember we would watch the Stanley parade. My favorite part is always the princesses that come by on the float….Getting to talk with others is my other favorite thing and I would love getting to see all the people.” The Miss Stanley coronation takes place at 6 pm., with current Miss Stanley Ali Starck to hand over duties.

As to the Rodeo more broadly, there…will…be…music!— along with horses and cattle first, that is.

Rodeo action starts Friday at 7:30 p.m., while heading the stage just outside the ring Friday night at 9 p.m. it’s the Brady Luke Band, while Saturday at 7:30 p.m. its the band "Still Reck less.”

Saturday morning is the cowboy Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., while the Stanley Rod and Gun Club will reprise its roll this year running the Charcoal Chicken dinner at 11 a.m. With a free antique tractor pull in the mix for Saturday, a professional and old-fashioned horse pull will take place Sunday, being held in memory of Frances and Pat Derks. The pull features teams of draft horses that will pull a ground sleigh loaded down with concrete blocks.

With loops to hook up in either direction (rather than turn the sleigh around), the teams will pull progressively heavier loads, with last year seeing bets from the audience.

Just don’t say “Go.” Word on the street has it that the word sounds like “Whoa” to the live animals answering voice command. If you want the draft team you’re betting on to win, you need to let their teamster talk to them, not make them stop for too much noise.

“Teamster,” by the way, is an old-fashioned word for “horse driver." Dust will fly Sunday across from Chapman Park, and each day before that across Highway O in the rodeo ring. See you there?

A father and daughter calf roping team compete at last year’s Rodeo in Chapman Park. Photo by Joseph Back.

The Rodeo Clown provides laughs during the break. File photo by Joseph Back.

A horse tries to unseat its rider at last year’s Rodeo. File photo by Joseph Back.

June 15, 2022