June 27, 2019
Writer: Jaime Strobel

Round up your family and friends for this weekend’s Whoopee Day celebration. On June 28-29 at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds the annual rodeo show will take place.

Whoopee Days began in 1931 as a way to raise money for the county fair. It became an event the community loved that’s continued for decades.

Families can purchase tickets at Broulims and Albertsons in Rexburg, or they can go to the fairground gates. A family pack is $40, seniors are $8, adults are $10, BYU-Idaho students are $6 with student identification and children six and under are free.

The rodeo will kick off with the Mutton Busten, an event where children get to ride sheep. It will start at 6:30 p.m. right before the rodeo performance.

For more information about Whoopee Days you can visit their website at https://www.madisonfairgrounds.com/whoopee-days-rodeo.html.

This year the rodeo has cowboys and cowgirls from five different states.

“It’s just fun to see the athletes compete against athletes, meaning the livestock…you can cheer on the animal or you can cheer on the athlete!” Shane Wright, Madison County fair board chairman, said.

They will also be introducing the rodeo queen, the grand marshal and the rodeo clown Randy Munns. They will be paying tribute to the U.S.A., and on Saturday evening will end the rodeo with fireworks.

There are different categories of competition for people to watch this weekend. Some of them are, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding and bull riding.

“It’s just a fun evening for family and friends to get together and reminisce, just to come together as a community,” he said.

His favorite event is the team roping because he can do it with his family and friends.

Wright has been serving on the fair board for about five years.

“It all is kind of a part of my life and the board that I have serving with me, it’s kind of a part of all of our lives” he said. “It’s something that’s kind of breed in us and been with us for years. We have love and passion for it.”

He invites everyone to come out and enjoy the rodeo.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” he said. “This is kind of our big kick and we’ll hope to see you there.”