The Salem rodeo opens Friday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. All seats are $15. Rodeo performances are also scheduled on Saturday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $25 for bull circle seats and regular reserved seats are $18 -$20. On Sunday afternoon tickets for children age 12 and under and seniors age 60 and over are half price.
Tickets are available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations.
The annual professional rodeo features cowboys and cowgirls competing for world championship points in one of the International Pro Rodeo Association’s (IPRA) first events of the 2011 season. The rodeo is part of the Ram Rodeo Series and is sponsored locally by Berglund Dodge of Roanoke. Imperial Rodeo Productions brings all the elements for a first-class pro rodeo to Salem, including outstanding bucking broncs and bulls, award-winning performers and top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls.
Hall of Fame rodeo clown Lecile Harris of Collierville, Tenn., returns to Salem to entertain the rodeo audience. His unique brand of comedy is a blend of magic, slapstick and stand-up that rodeo audiences across North America love. Salem rodeo fans will remember Harris for another reason – he was hit by a bull two years ago at the Salem rodeo in a freak accident that resulted in multiple injuries, but returned to entertain at last year’s Salem rodeo.
Harris will be joined by trick and fancy rider Janelle Thornton, a performer who has been an audience favorite in Salem, and rodeo announcer Alan Moorhead of Beech Island, S.C., who has been chosen to announce some of rodeo’s biggest events. Moorhead, like many of the rodeo contestants, will be heading straight to Oklahoma City after the Salem rodeo for the 41st annual International Finals Rodeo.
The International Finals Rodeo (IFR) is the season finale for the 2010 rodeo season which determines the IPRA World Champions. Only the Top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in the world championship standings qualify for the IFR and many of them will compete in the Salem rodeo as a tune-up for the world championship competition.
Submitted by Sharon Pratt, Salem Civic Center