2019 Rodeo Theme

Parade Theme

“Space Cowboys” will be the theme for the 49th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade in July.
The parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 on Main Street and Lawler Avenue in Mitchell. 

The parade theme is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America’s first moon landing on July 21, 1969, and to lay a foundation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in 2020.
Space Cowboys was also the title of a 2000 major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood, James Garner and Tommy Lee Jones as grizzled veteran astronauts who are called back into duty to help save the world. Further emphasizing that the theme fit well with Mitchell’s rodeo.  The parade is generally considered one of the highlights of rodeo week in Mitchell, bringing thousands of people to the downtown area.  Awards are given for floats and parade entries with the best adaptation of the theme.
Allan DesselAlso announced Monday is the barrelman for the PRCA rodeo event, who will be Allan Dessel, of Paullina, Iowa. Dessel, 34, who has also worked as a high school math teacher, is an experienced barrelman and bullfighter, serving as the latter at the Great Lakes Circuit Finals three times. 
Many other popular aspects of the rodeo return this year, with performances starting at 8 p.m. each night from July 18-21 at the Horseman’s Sports Arena.  The Community Kickoff burger feed will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, while the Family Fun Day and Chili Cookoff event will be held Sunday, July 19, starting at 11 a.m.  The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Queen Contest is also planned for rodeo week, with the winners to be announced July 18.

2019 - Rodeo Announcer - Davie Kimm

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Davie Kimm is a Gold Card member of the professional rodeo cowboys association.  Like many rodeo announcers, Davie's love of rodeo began as a contestant when he joined the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association in the 1980's.  Working both ends of the arena roping calves and riding bareback and saddle bronc horses, he went on to qualify for the National high School Finals Rodeo and later on, the PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals 4 times in saddle bronc riding in 1987, '88, '89 and '92.

Davie migrated to the announcer's stand when he announced his first rodeo by filling in for a no-show announcer.  Since then, Davie has worked his way up by working high school, college, & finally professional rodeos and bull ridings throughout the United States and Canada.

"Living out the dream of being a successful PRCA announcer has been a sensational Journey for me, and without the help and advice from many people - including stock contractors, rodeo committees, specialty acts, clowns, fellow announcers and friends - this would have never become a reality."

Davie is quick to admit that his wife Nicky (who handles rodeo music production and sound) is a big part of his continued success.  The two of them travel together throughout much of the year.

Along with announcing rodeos Davie also freelances as a commercial voice talent and spokesperson.  He is also an endorsee of Wrangler Western Wear, Montana Silversmiths, Resistol Hats, Electro-Voice Microphones, and Prime Performance Nutrition.

His insight as a past contestant and his Midwest work ethic has helped Davie become one of the most exciting and sought after voices in the PRCA.  He has been heard at such prestigious events as the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo, PRCA Extreme Bulls Tour, and his voice has been heard on ESPN, ESPN2.  He worked along side ESPN sportscaster Jeff Medders during the 2010 Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD for the inaugural PRCA Extreme Bulls live webcast on ESPN360.

Davie has been recognized along with some of the industry's elite by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association being named the 2016 W.P.R.A. Announcer of the Year, and has been a Top 5 nominee twice for W.P.R.A. Announcer of the Year in 2009 and 2013.  He has also announced the W.P.R.A. World Finals in Waco, TX 5 times from 2013-2017.

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2019 - Professional Bull Fighter - Josh Rivinius

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Rodeo has always been a part of Josh's life -- he got his start, like many other cowboys, in Little Britches rodeos.  He moved up through the ranks and eventually became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.  In 1997 Bullfighting became his passion.  

Rivinius is an elite bullfighter in the PRCA. During his career, Rivinius has been at the Badlands Circuit Finals for 11 years, Lawton, OK since 2002, Rapid City Stock Show, Clear Lake, SD PRCA Rodeo, the Tour Finale in 2007 and 2008 and the Ram Finals in 2012 and 2015.   

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Rivinius was born in Elgin, ND and still reside there with his wife and son when not on the road traveling to rodeos across the country.  Sports have been a big part of his life.  Growing up he competed in bareback, steer wrestling and roping events, played football in high school and then on to rodeo.  While at home Rivinius enjoys ranching and hunting. 

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2019 - Professional Bull Fighter - Kaleb Barrett

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Rodeo has always been a major part of Kaleb's life.  He started  off riding in 4-H rodeos and moved to riding bulls in High School Rodeo.  He was fortunate enough to go to the University of Montana to ride bulls.  At that time, he was accepted to nursing school at the University and began fighting bulls.  

Kaleb has been fighting bulls since he was 19 years old and is currently a Licensed Practical Nurse in Missoula, Montana.  He has been honored by being selected by his rodeo peers to fight in the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo the past seven years.

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"I am very thankful to have two professional careers that allow me to help people that are in need.  It is very fulfilling to help someone heal and leave the hospital, or do my best to keep someone from having to go to the hospital all together,"  says Kaleb.  He enjoys every aspect of rodeo and looks forward to being a part of it for many years to come.  Kaleb, his wife, Shawna, and son Jett live in Lolo, MT.

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2019 - Professional Bull Fighter - JD Harrell

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JD Harrell started the rodeo life at a young age competing in bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping and calf roping events.  He competed on both ends of the arena through high school and college.  He hung up his bull rope six years ago.  JD understands the bull rider's aspect of rodeo and has been the Central Rocky Mountain Bull Riding Champion.  At the age of 16 he began bull fighting at some open rodeos and now has decided to climb the ranks in the PRCA; getting his card in 2015.  JD has fought twice at the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo and once at the Ram National Circuit Finals. 

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He resides in Roy, Montana.

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