By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON RIVER - Iron River will host the 46th Annual Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo this weekend.
All three days will be packed with exciting activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Friday events will kick off with Rodeo Market Daze in downtown Iron River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The West Iron District Library will offer a book sale and an opportunity to pose for historic western photos at 10 a.m.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Windsor Center will host the annual Art Round Up.
The Rodeo Vittles luncheon takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
Two portions of the Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen pageant will be held on Friday. Contestants will answer questions at 11 a.m. during the Rodeo Market Daze, then they will compete in speeches and modeling at 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Gates to the fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m. Friday for the rodeo concert. The concert, featuring Next Myle, Pyramid, and David Lee Murphy, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Concert tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.
Events on Saturday start with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Iron River Senior Center.
The Windsor Rodeo Run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Windsor Center.
Also at 8 a.m., Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen contestants will compete in the horsemanship portion of the pageant.
The annual Wild West Parade, sponsored by Global Response North, will step off at 10 a.m. on U.S. 2.
Immediately following the parade there will be brat feeds at Angeli's Central Market and the VFW Post 3134.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the annual Art Round Up will continue at the Windsor Center.
Gates to the fairgrounds will open at noon. The Menomonie Saddle Club will provide pre-rodeo entertainment at 1 p.m., and the first rodeo performance will begin at 2 p.m.
Gates will re-open at 5 p.m. The Menomonie Saddle Club will provide pre-rodeo entertainment at 5:30 p.m., and the second rodeo performance will begin at 7 p.m.
There will be a "foot-stompin'" street dance, featuring music by Next Myle, in downtown Iron River at 9 p.m.
On Sunday, gates to the fairgrounds will open at noon. The Menomonie Saddle Club will provide pre-rodeo entertainment at 1 p.m., the new Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen will be crowned at 1:30 p.m., and the third rodeo performance will begin at 2 p.m.
Rodeo performance tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children age five to 12, and free for children under age five.
For more information, see the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo's website at www.upprorodeo.com.
Nikki Younk's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.