Summer spotlight

The Western Fest Stampede Rodeo begins today at Lee Mar Ranch on U.S. Highway 212 West in Granite Falls and runs through Saturday. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with performances held all three nights at 7:30 p.m. regardless of rain. Every day will entail seven rodeo acts, including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. Rodeo tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Other events includes a street dance with live music and a Miss Western Fest Pageant.

Concessions will be available on the grounds, and no coolers will be allowed. There will be free bus rides available nightly starting at 5 p.m. Additional parking can be found on U.S. Highway 212 West in the Rockhaven Church parking lot.

Today

Kid’s Night $1 per child (ages 5-12) with a paid adult

1:30-3 p.m. Fishing contest for ages 4-13, east side of walking bridge

3:15 p.m. Free face painting, Rice Park shelter area

3:15 p.m. Free watermelon feed, Rick Park shelter area

5:30-7:15 p.m. Free pony rides by the Valley Riders Saddle Club

6 pm-1 a.m. Lions Club beer gardens, Richter Baseball Field

6:45 p.m. Mutton Bustin,’ rodeo grounds

7:15 p.m. Royalty candidate introductions

7:30 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Kid’s Night, Lee Mar Ranch

Friday

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Granite Falls Baseball food stand, Richter Baseball Field

5:30-7:15 p.m. Free pony rides, Valley Riders Saddle Club

6:45 p.m. Mutton Bustin,’ rodeo grounds

7:30 p.m. PRCA Rodeo “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” Lee Mar Ranch

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Street Dance with Eagle River Band, Richter Baseball Field

Saturday

8:30 a.m. Rodeo Run and Western Rest Walk

10:30 a.m. Miss Western Fest Queen’s Brunch at Minnesota West

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fireman’s barbecue, fire hall

1 p.m. Grand parade

2:30-4 p.m. Blue Nose Gopher Brewery Co-op, Andrew Volstead House

4:30 p.m. Miss Western Fest pageant, YME School auditorium

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Granite Falls Baseball food stand, Richter Baseball Field

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Lions Club beer gardens, Richter Baseball Field

6:45 p.m. Mutton Bustin,’ rodeo grounds

7:30 p.m. PRCA Rodeo, Lee Mar Ranch

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Street dance, music by Georgia Clay Band, Richter Field Baseball Park

10:15 p.m. Intros of 2014 Miss Western Fest and princesses, Richter Baseball Field

10:30 p.m. Sweepstakes drawing, Richter Baseball Field