Arts & Entertainment

Horse Heaven Round-Up gets kickin' Aug. 20

The chutes for the 60th annual Horse Heaven Round-Up Rodeo will open Aug. 20 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

During the four-day event, rodeo fans will be treated to performances by some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the sport, with the Big Bend Flying 5 Rodeo Company providing the rough stock.

The Horse Heaven Round-Up was selected as the large rodeo of the year for the Columbia River Circuit. It is the first time the event has been selected for the honor.

Aug. 21 will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, with all proceeds going to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

This year's specialty act, which will perform each night of the rodeo, is the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue, featuring teenage brothers Roper and Rider.

Rider is considered one of the best youth trick ropers in the past 20 years, while Roper's act features him riding on the backs of his paint ponies -- with one foot on each horse -- while performing tricks.

Helping the rodeo kick off its 60th year will be Miss Rodeo America, Amy Wilson of Colby, Kan. Wilson, the first Miss Rodeo America to visit the Horse Heaven Round-Up, will be in attendance Aug. 20-21 and will sign autographs after the rodeo.

Action begins each night at 7 p.m. General admission to the rodeo is free with fair admission. Reserved seats cost an additional $8.

*Annie Fowler: 582-1574;