Newell to host Labor Day celebration

The Newell Labor Day Celebration kicks off with the Newell Futurity Bronc Match. Courtesy photo

NEWELL — A futurity bronc match, rodeo, parade, tractor pull, quilt show and street dance are among the activities scheduled at the Newell Labor Day Celebration.

“It’s an inexpensive last of summer celebration. We have a lot packed into four days,” said Denna Lindsey, Newell Community Club member.

Festivities kick off Friday with the second Newell Futurity Bronc Match. It is open to all stock contractors and saddle bronc riding cowboys, and begins at 3 p.m. with the colts followed by the broncs.

Some of the contestants expected include J.D. Anderson, Kyler Carmichael, Kash Deal, Cole Pateneaude, Lane Schuelke, Taygen Schuelke, Wyatt Schuelke, Rowdy Thompson, and Trampus Thompson.

Stock contractors expected include Bailey Pro Rodeo - Shane Gunderson; C & T Rodeo – Carlyle and Tooke; Heading Rodeo – Stan Heading; J Heart Broncs – Miles Vondra; Kling Rodeo – Russ Kling; Lesmeister Bucking Horses – Lance; Longbrake Rodeo – Bud Longbrake; Schmidt Rodeo – Cleve and Clete Schmidt; Soap Creek Buckers – James Realbird; and UU Livestock — Jim Orhood.

During a regular bronc riding, stock contractors are paid each time their horses are bucked while the cowboys pay entry fees to get on broncs. During a futurity bronc match, stock contractors pay entry fees for each horse that is bucked, just like the cowboys.

The event is sanctioned by the World Futurity Association.

Events continue Saturday, Aug. 31, with a 5K fun run/walk/bike followed by the rodeo queen pageant and ranch rodeo. 

Lindsey said there are nine teams already signed up for the ranch rodeo. 

The Fireman’s BBQ begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Newell Fire Station, and the Newell Bar Street Dance featuring the Whiskey Bent Band begins at 9 p.m.

On Sunday there is a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also Sunday is the Coy Price Memorial Roping, mud volleyball at 1 p.m., tractor pull beginning at 2 p.m., quilt show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at city hall, a corn-hole tournament at 2 p.m. and youth street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Monday, there is a bake sale and breakfast at Newell City Hall. Rodeo slack begins at 8 a.m. 

The annual Labor Day parade begins at 10 a.m. The Newell Community Club has named the Newell Lions Club as this year’s parade marshals. This year’s parade theme is “Weekend in Paradise.”

Following the parade is kids’ games and bingo in the city park.

The Labor Day rodeo performance starts at 1 p.m. Monday.

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