Held at the Booneville Rodeo Arena about four miles south of the city on Highway 23, the Booneville rodeo is organized these days by the South Logan County Riders.

This year’s event is set for this weekend, May 24 and 25, with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. each night.

Last year Raymond Turner conducted his first rodeo for the South Logan County Riders Club. He vividly remembers running around "like a chicken with my head cut off," to make sure all went well.

By most accounts all the work was noticed.

"Last year they said we had one of the best rodeos in 15 of 20 years," says Turner. "We hope to beat that this year."

The bar is high. So busy was the lineup last year the Saturday night rodeo lasted until after 11 p.m. and "slack time" roping until the wee morning hours.

Besides the aforementioned team roping events, the standard rodeo fare of bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and barrel racing. There will also be mutton busting for the kids on both nights of the rodeo.

Chigger Valley Rodeo Livestock in Magazine is providing the stock for the rodeo. There is $4,500 in added prize money and books are open for contestants form 6 to 9 p.m. weeknights through Friday, May 24 at 969-0441.

On Saturday night a rodeo queen, princess and sweetheart will be crowned. There are nine girls in the running for the various titles, Turner said. Each will also be on hand during both nights of the rodeo and will be selling tickets for a drawing for $100 to be given away each night.

At noon on Saturday the rodeo clown will also make an appearance at P&P Western Wear, Turner said.

A rodeo parade will also be held in downtown Booneville Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. The parade will be held shortly after completion of the inaugural Rockin’ Robins Car and Truck Show.

An open competition, the car show will be judged locally. Registration will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. with judging at noon and prizes between 1:15 and 1:30. In addition to the show prizes there will also be door prizes.

Additionally, anyone wishing to bring a horse to the rodeo grounds will be required to produce a negative coggins report.