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Rodeo kick-off party set July 18

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance, in partnership with the Iron River DDA and U.P. Pro Rodeo Board, will host a Rodeo Kick-Off party on Thursday, July 18, from 6-9 pm at the Klint Safford Memorial RV Park in downtown Iron River.
    “The U.P. Pro Rodeo is the summer event everyone looks forward to,” said Erika Sauter, chamber director for the Alliance. “We wanted to give folks a reason to come to town early and celebrate the Rodeo all week.”  
    Festivities of the evening will include a cornhole tournament, free mechanical bull rides, bonfire, live music, beer tent and delicious food.
    The cornhole tournament will be organized by River North Pub & Grill. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up at River North prior to the night of the event, though entries will be accepted on the night of as well. There will be $400 in prizes doled out during the evening and entry in the tournament is free.
    While cornholers are competing, event attendees can test out their bull-riding skills for free on the “bucking” mechanical bull. Cowboys and cowgirls of any age 7 and up are eligible to ride, and the experienced operator will make sure it’s a fun and safe ride.
    Also during the event, Quad Cities-based rock duo, “Jordan Danielsen and Jef Spradley” will entertain with their unique musical stylings. With witty banter and more than 500 songs in their repertoire ranging from the 1950s to present, every show is different and sure to please a wide range of music-loving crowds.
    “Jordan and Jeff were a huge hit last year, so we’re ecstatic they’re coming back,” added Sauter. “We hope the community will come celebrate the start of Rodeo weekend and enjoy delicious food, cold beer and great Wild West entertainment!”
    The event is free to attend, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information on Rodeo performances and to view a full schedule of the weekend’s events, visit For a list of Iron County events and visitor information on local shopping and dining, visit or call the Visitor Center at 265-3822.