Rodeo season gets off to an early start
June 11, 2008 · Updated 5:34 PM
Its rodeo time once again Kitsap County.
On Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, the Thunderbird Benefit Rodeo will kick off the rodeo season at Thunderbird Stadium at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.
The rodeo will be a benefit for the Kitsap County Boys and Girls Club and Coreys Day on the Farm and is the first-ever Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sactioned rodeo in the county.
We have a whole different set of cowboys coming, Colen Corey, an organizer of the event, said. And weve got the best stock in the Northwest.
In addition to the actual events, Corey said there will be plenty for fans to do, including the addition of a mechanical bull. There will also be a beer garden with live music by Poulsbos Katie Webster. This years rodeo queen, Hannah Hathaway of Port Orchard, will also be there.
One difference rodeo fans will notice is the new location of the chutes at the stadium.
Thats going to be really good, Corey said. Were pouring concrete back where the old chutes were. The whole arena configuration will be different. And it gives us a chance to do a run before the fair.
Several local riders will be competing in the two-day event, including Dan Morse, who will compete in bull riding, as well as Port Orchards Gary Lee Bruhen. Coreys niece, Lylan Corey, will also compete in breakaway roping.
But aside from the quality level of the competitors, Corey said he is most looking forward to raising funds for the charities.
What I look forward to most is the opportunity to give back to the community, Corey said. Especially with the Boys and Girls club being so new. Its a very worthy cause. And were looking forward to producing a very good rodeo. The cowboys are already very excited.
As for Clint Corey, Colen said he may attend, but said that Clints real estate ventures have kept him busy.
Hes considering entering the team roping competition, Colen Corey said. But hes pretty busy selling real estate.
Tickets are available for $8 with a $1 military discount while kids under 10 get in for free. Tickets can be purchased at and Westsound Bank location, Charlie Booths in Silverdale and at Bethel Feed in Port Orchard.