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Rodeo opens in Utica for first time since 1989

Big crowd turns out for first night of Utica Stampede rodeo.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 11:36 PM

Utica, N.Y. - The Utica Comets may be off for summer vacation, but the arena they play at saw plenty of exciting action Thursday night.

The Utica Stampede has taken over the Adirondack Bank Center at The Utica Memorial Auditorium this week.

This is the first time the rodeo has been in Utica since 1989.

Around 30 bull riders from across the northeast competed for large cash prizes in each event.

The events include bull riding, bareback horse riding, saddle bronc horse riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, and steer wrestling.

Local fans say they could not wait to be a part of the rodeo. “I’m a fan of this. I’ve been a fan of just horses and all that for about five to six years now. I grew up on a farm with my Dad who had horses all the time. I think it’s nice just coming out here to Utica” said Gary Wintrop, a Whitesboro resident.

Lucas Smith, a Yorkville resident added: “I just thought it would be something cool to go to. It’s really, we never really have had this around. So, I figured we might as well go.”

“It’s pretty crazy I just always wanted to go to one so, hopefully tonight is the best night of my life and I can live it up.” Said Christian Mandia, a Deerfield resident.

The last time a Stampede Rodeo was in Utica was back in 1989, when it was called the Coors American Rodeo.

If you missed Thursday’s competition, don’t worry you still have one more chance. The rodeo continues Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center at 7:00 pm. Tickets start at $15.

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