Pickup men Brent Sutton and Donnie Moore protect both contestant and stock.

By Amy Muller

The 2021 Sully County Fair is right around the corner and we are excited to announce that two wild and western rodeo productions are headed to the 99th annual celebration. Great cowboys, rank stock and an array of kids’ activities combine for one fantastic weekend of family rodeo fun and entertainment.

Friday night kicks off the rodeo action at 7:30 p.m., with Bull Riding Produced by Weischedel Bucking Bulls. The bull riding is sanctioned by the Territorial Professional Bull Riders and members of the association are working towards points for the TPBR Finals in September. Bullfighters for the evening are Luke Heninger from Ft. Pierre and Andrew Odden from Colome. Stock Contractors for the event will be Weischedel Bucking Bulls, Heads Up Cattle Co and Sutton Rodeo. Shaden Muller from Agar will be singing the National Anthem. There will be a candy scramble for the kids sponsored by Don’s Food Center, and mutton bustin’ sponsored by Great Plains Bank.

Saturday night action starts 7:30 p.m. with a Saddle Bronc Match produced by Sutton Rodeo Company. Standout saddle bronc contestants will match up with some of the top ranked stock in the country along with ranch bronc riding, which is quickly taking the nation by storm. This traditional throwback to the old western cowboy days has become a fan favorite at rodeo events, and the quick and agile movements make for some very wild and western rides.

Cowboys are in good hands with the dynamic duo of pickup men, Brent Sutton and Donnie Moore. Brent, an Onida native picked up his first National Finals Rodeo this past December in Dallas, TX, picks up rodeos all over the country and is excited to be back at his hometown rodeo. Teammate Donnie Moore from Lower Brule is one of the best pickup men going down the road and rides an impressive string of athletic horses. Together this team makes up one of the best in the business, protecting both the contestants and aiding the bucking stock in and out of the arena safely.

There is plenty of action for the kids with youth events including mutton bustin’ sponsored by Great Plains Bank, a candy scramble sponsored by Don’s Food Center, a boot scramble sponsored by Justin Boot Co., along with comedy acts from rodeo clown Jesse Larson. The National Anthem will be performed by Onida resident, Moriah Gross.

Making his Sully county Fair debut is rodeo clown Jesse Larson. For over 15 years, Jesse has been living his dream of being a rodeo clown and making people laugh. His simple “Funny Man” routines have matured into a sophisticated and finely honed entertainment extravaganza for crowds from Lake Michigan, to Glacier National Park, down to Cody, WY, and back again. Jesse takes pride in being able to go back to the same rodeo and use fresh clown acts and jokes. Outside of rodeo, Jesse resides in Duluth, MN and owns a handyman service and snow removal company. Don’t miss Jesse entertaining crowds both Friday and Saturday nights, brought to you by Sunrise Bank.

Pull on your boots, grab your hat, we hope to see you both Friday and Saturday night at the 99th annual Sully County Fair rodeo performances.