2016 Annual Upper Peninsula Rodeo
The first ever Upper Peninsula Rodeo Championship was held August 10 & 11, 1968. At that time it was known as the “Iron River Area Championship Rodeo”. Weeks earlier, on July 18th , the rodeo committee members were the guests of the Spooner Rodeo committee of Spooner, Wisconsin. Committee members were pictured in the Iron River Reporter with actor Ken Curtis from the television show ‘Gunsmoke’.
The crowd for the weekend performances was estimated to be around 10,000. Contestants participating in the two shows included Larry Mahan. The parade grand marshal is unknown for 1968. The first Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen Pageant had 18 girls participating with local girls Faye Ann Hibbard and Sarah Jane Angeli running. The winner of the contest was Jeanne Seifert of Eagle River, Wisconsin and the runner up was Mary DeVooght of Marquette. Other activities occurring throughout the weekend included a dance at the Iron River Armory on Saturday and a Sunday performance by Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts.
Saddle bronc riding
For complete schedule information, visit the UP Rodeo schedule page.