Chris LeDoux Celebration June 18th in Kaycee

Chris LeDoux
Chris LeDoux

For rodeo fans or fans of Chris LeDoux, Kaycee will be the place to be on Saturday, June 18th. Rodeo action, music, and of course, a celebration of LeDoux's life will draw hundreds of fans to the tiny southern Johnson County town.

Last June, when the Chris LeDoux park and the centerpiece bronze were dedicated, locals decided the event should be an annual celebration, and that led up to this year's happenings.

Nicki Taylor, who helped organize the event, tells us how it all came about.

Because of Chris' love of rodeo, a few rodeo events will be happening, starting with the match saddle bronc riding, and moving to the match bareback riding and on to the Native American Relay Race.

All rodeo events will be at Harold Jarrard Park's Rodeo Arena, and tickets for the rough stock and race events are $10, with those 12 and under free with adults. Rodeo events begin at 1 pm.

Then the festivities move to downtown for the street dance where Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers band will perform shortly after the rodeo and into the early evening. Then the street dance will feature headliners the Western Underground -- Chris' old band -- starting at 9 pm.

Be sure to check out the D. Michael Thomas bronze “Good Ride, Cowboy” memorializing Chris LeDoux's ride that won him the 1976 World Champion Bareback Bronc title, which is part of Chris LeDoux Park in Kaycee.

Plan to stay in Buffalo, Casper, Gillette or wherever you can, as lodging in Kaycee is limited.

For more information on Chris LeDoux Days, or to see the bronze and the park, go to www.chrisledoux.com

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