Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

Huge Liberty Bell to be featured in show-opening extravaganza. The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo is a Fourth of July tradition in the tri-states with the 29th annual event on tap for July 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring top professional rodeo action, the best specialty entertainers, mutton bustin’ and more, it’s a fan favorite every year. But for 2015, Mother Liberty will truly Ring her Bell as a 16’ tall custom built Liberty Bell will be featured in a memorable patriotic opening production. Three Hills came up with a special twist that makes the “Bell” a one of a kind.
   The late Bob Link, of Link Hydraulic in Dubuque, Iowa transformed Three Hills Rodeo’s idea into reality. He researched the Liberty Bell to make sure the end product was authentic in appearance. Bob put his heart and soul into creating what he said was one of his most unusual projects.

The fiberglass structure created around steel tube framing sets the stage, but the custom – built hydraulic lift platform inside the bell, capable of lifting about two tons, is the showstopper. Link enabled the top of the bell to remotely open as the platform lifts up  and presents a horse and rider with an American flag… it’s a patriotic tribute unlike anything you will ever see. Exceeding the expectations of our audience is the goal and this is truly one that is hard to top.
   The free preshow from 6-7 p.m. also provides more FUN and unique opportunities. Pony rides are available for kids but all ages will enjoy meeting the rodeo entertainers for autographs, learn to rope, throw some “horseshoes” or sit on Midnight, the 2,000 lb. Brahma bull in the bucking chutes.  
   The gates open at 6 p.m. rain or shine. Hillside seating surrounds the beautiful Shenandoah Riding Center Arena. Food vendors and specialty vendors will be available. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends each performance with a fireworks display to music. After the rodeo for live music at Rodeo After Party. For more information call 563-343-4752.
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Shenandoah Pro Rodeo July 3-4
Gates open both nights at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30. Come early for a free pre-show. Tickets are $15 at the gate for adults and $10 for children. More information.

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