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Bickleton carousel big part of picnic, rodeo

BICKLETON - The ongoing work on the restoration of the Cleveland Park Carousel will dominate the Alder Creek Association's 95th memorial program to be held Saturday, June 11, at the Cleveland Park, located four miles west of Bickleton.

The 10 a.m. program will honor those who have contributed to the restoration of the 100-year-old Armitage Herschell/Herschell Spillman Carousel located in the historic park, according to Sandra Powers of the Carousel Centennial Committee.

The carousel, which is only used during the annual Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo, set for June 10, 11 and 12, has come to be the highlight of many people's trip to the Bickleton event. The enclosed carousel is only operated once a year, and is lovingly protected from the elements the rest of the year, Powers said.

The carousel committee, which continues to maintain the carousel's wooden horses, are now making plans for a carousel museum, which is a part of the group's future plans, she added.

The carousel anniversary is just a part of the excitement being planned for the 95th annual picnic and rodeo celebration. This year, the Alder Creek Pioneer Association has planned two days of rodeo action, as well as jackpot team roping events. The 2005 local event is a Northwest Professional Rodeo Association- sanctioned event. In addition, there will be rodeo events for the younger crowd, including junior barrel racing and mutton busting for children ages 12 and under. The annual merchant cow milking contest will be held as part of the wild west action.

The entry lists for the rodeo events will be open May 26 and 27. Persons interested in the rodeo event may also call Virginia Read at (509) 896-5595.

For more information about the Bickleton events check out the Bickleton web site at www.bickleton.org.

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