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Bickleton's picnic and rodeo on this weekend

BICKLETON - This year the Alder Creek Pioneer Association will host its 99th annual picnic and rodeo.

The event, to be held this coming weekend, takes place at Bickleton's Cleveland Park and promises something for people of all ages.

Rodeo Queen Candace Shattuck will be one of the many featured guests at the celebration.

Events begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), starting with the Whispering Pines Cowboy poetry and music gathering.

At 4 p.m. tomorrow, the food booths will open, as will the historic carousel. Those visiting the carousel can ride for 50 cents each.

Saturday at 10 a.m. a morning program will be presented. The NPRA Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. More than 300 competitors are expected to compete in the rodeo. Events include youth barrel racing and there is a $10 entry fee for all contestants in age groups of 12 and under and 13-17.

The older age group will compete Sunday.

Admission to the rodeo is $7 for anyone over 12-years-old, $3 for youngsters between the ages of six and 12, and children under the age of six are admitted free of charge.

Also in the rodeo will be mutton bustin' and openings for contestants ages five and under are still available. To enter, call 509-896-5235.

Merchant cow milking will be another featured event at the rodeo.

Those attending the annual picnic and rodeo can enjoy a barbeque beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 8 p.m. everyone can enjoy dancing under the stars to the sound of 100 Proof.

Sunday the NPRA slack performances will begin at 8 a.m. and an open air church service will take place at 9 a.m.

The rodeo action begins at 1 p.m. that day.

For more information about the Alder Creek Pioneer Association's annual picnic and rodeo, call 509-896-5591 or visit the website at www.bickleton.org.

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