Mounted Posse rodeo rides into Elma Friday


The Grays Harbor Indoor Pro Rodeo is riding into its 20th year this weekend in Elma, with all the traditional favorites at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds all weekend.

Rodeo events include barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, bareback riding, wild cow milking and bull riding. The 2013 rodeo court will start the action each day. The court was selected in January after a pageant testing their skills.

This year’s rodeo queen is Aberdeen High School grad Kaleya Onasch, and her court is made up of princesses Makenzie Carson, a junior at Elma High School, Hannah Strickland, an Elma High grad studying nursing at Grays Harbor College, and Raelene Darnell, an Elma High senior.

Tonight and Saturday gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo action starts at 7. On Sunday, gates open at 11 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 2 p.m.

After the rodeo events Saturday, the band Humptulips will play for a 21-and-over show for “Bud Night,” sponsored by Budweiser.

Sunday is the free Family Day Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the rodeo starts. Kids can check out the bouncy house, a blow-up slide, have their faces painted, and for those age 9 and under, race stick horses. All the participants can take home their stick horses and the winners from each of the three age groups will take home a bike.

Kids Day is sponsored by Elma Feed & Farm Supply and the Les Schwab stores of Grays Harbor.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under get in free. A family pack for Friday or Sunday is available for $25. Tickets can be purchased from: Les Schwab Tire Centers in Grays Harbor County and Shelton, Elma Feed & Farm Supply and Martin Company in Elma, Montesano Farm & Home, Tack Room Too & TLC Tack in Tumwater and Centerville Western Wear in Centralia.