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Aerial photo of Merrill Festival Grounds/Rodeo Arena
3000 seat Grandstand!
The new grandstand is complete, the 150 x 250 ft. rodeo arena is up, the footing is in, and we’re ready to rodeo. The above photo was taken during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in June, 2016. There are 2000 stadium style 21″ seats and 1000 bench seats with backs. A lot of hard work by the members of our committee went into making the grounds what it is today. Special thanks to the City of Merrill for making this all possible!
The new Timing Booth/Concession Stand at the Merrill Festival Grounds.
Pictured above, from left to right,
Mark Zulliger (Merrill Federal Savings and Loan Association), Jeff Meyer (Meyer Buildings), Dennis Krueger (Lincoln Wood Products), Bryan Bloch-President of the Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Inc. (LCRA). Donations from these businesses in cooperation with the Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Inc. made this building possible. We would like to thank these businesses for everything they do for our community!
Justin Boots Best Footing Award
Lincoln County Rodeo Association President Bryan Bloch, right, and Vice President Pete Annis, left, receiving the 3rd place Justin Boots Best Footing Award from 2013 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racing Champion, Sherry Cervi, center. The award was presented at the WPRA Star Celebration held at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, Las Vegas.
Jim Campbell (right) and Mike Thompson (left) from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight accepting a check for $2665.00 from Bryan Bloch (center right) President of the Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Inc. who sponsor the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, and Jim Brickner (center left), President of Brickner Park City.
The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo and their Ram Rodeo partner, Brickner Park City and the Brickner Family have always held the Armed Services in high regards for all of the sacrifices they have made to keep this country free and strong. So when the decision was made to honor the armed services with the Friday night rodeo performance “Military Appreciation Night”, it was a simple decision to honor our veterans by donating to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Bryan Bloch said “We hope this is just the beginning of a tradition at the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, and would like to see it continue in the future”. “It was an honor to be able to sponsor the Military Appreciation Night at the Rodeo and send 5 Lincoln County Veterans to Washington D.C. to see their Memorials” said Jim Brickner. “We all agree that next year is a go so put us on your calendar June 9th, 2017”. 2016 was our 3rd year of donating to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
Donations to local Groups and Causes
Pictured in the following gallery are check presentations to some of the groups who help us put on the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo. Without their hard work, along with the work of our committee, the rodeo wouldn’t be possible.
Faith Life Youth Group $650.00
BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) $250.00
Wisconsin Trail Blazers Sled Dogs $300.00
Mounted Search and Rescue $650.00
Corning All Stars 4H $650.00
Merrill Baseball Boosters $700.00
Pine River Fire Department $400.00
Merrill Amateur Radio Group $500.00
Merrill Eagles Club (not pictured) $1366.33
Tough Enough to Wear Pink (not pictured, amount not calculated until the end of the year)
We also donate to other groups and civic organizations by donating our time and efforts to their causes. We are a 100% not for profit organization, and all volunteer.
The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo has been awarded the distinction of being the “BEST MEDIUM SIZE RODEO” in the Great Lakes Circuit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) for 2011. Read More >
If you are interested in becoming a contestant for Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Queen, email Lillie Bartelt or call her at 715.551.1121.