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By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Smoke from gunfighters and barbecue pits will fill the air next week as the 33rd annual Butterfield Stage Days Festival and Rodeo kicks off in Bridgeport.

Flying High

FLYING HIGH – Two girls ride above the Butterfield Stage Days Festival last year. This year the festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9. at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The festival, run by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport and the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Ram Rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

The festival will include the time-honored third annual Battle for the Boot Pancake Eating Contest, the third annual Rib Cookoff and live gunfight reenactments.

New this year is the Human Foosball Tournament. Teams of six, attached to each other like the men in a foosball table, will battle in 10-minute matches. For team registration information, call the Chamber at 940-683-2076.

Children’s activities include stagecoach rides, a petting zoo, kiddie train, face painting, bounce houses and a carnival.

As of press time Friday, the chamber had not released a schedule of events, but visitors can check event updates on the Stage Days’ Facebook page, wcmess.com/ButterfieldStageDays.

Rodeo Fun

RODEO FUN – A cowboy is helped off his bucking bronc last year. The Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA RAM Rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

RODEO

The Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Ram Rodeo is Friday and Saturday night. Besides the roping and bucking action, there will be a rodeo clown contest, and if riding bulls and wild horses wasn’t enough excitement, Troy Lerwill is coming to town.

Comedian and daredevil Lerwill plans on having the audience rolling in the aisles and then holding their collective breath in excitement as he jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup on the back of a motorcycle.

“Troy is one of the funniest guys out there, not just in rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the event’s stock contractor. “I try to get him as often as I can because he brings a whole new dimension to each show.

“He’s the best entertainer in rodeo because of how he handles the crowd,” he said.

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