MENDON, Ill. -- The fifth annual Ethan's Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the main arena of the Adams County Fairgrounds.
The event is named in memory of Ethan Weiman, described by his parents, David and Alicia Weiman, as a "young cowboy" who fought neuroblastoma -- a childhood cancer responsible for 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths -- from 2007 to 2009. Ethan's family and friends continue the fight in his memory by presenting this event to fund ongoing neuroblastoma reasearch.
The rodeo will feature a variety of events and personalities, including professional rodeo clown Josh "Porkchop" Garrick. Fireworks will accompany each performance.
As part of the Outlaw Rodeo 2014 "Mission Impossible" tour, people in attendance will enjoy bull riding, barrel racing, bareback and saddle horse riding, steer wrestling, and roping events. Ethan's Rodeo is sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Other highlights will include a stick-horse parade before the rodeo each night for kids 10 and under and a sheep chase during the rodeo for kids 6 and under.
The band Blacktop South will perform after the rodeo each night.
The event begins at 7:30 each night.
On Friday, gates and concessions open at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, gates and concessions open at 3 p.m. for a full lineup of family activities that will include a petting zoo, meet-and-greet with Porkchop the Clown, Broken Spoke Mounted Posse Mounted Shooting Contest, pony rides, bounce house and more.
Concession vendors include the Butcher Block, Prairie Farms, Pepsi, Bud Light, Gengenbacher's Shaved Ice, Spirit Knob Winery, and Honey Creek Kettle Corn.
Information concerning ticket prices for Ethan's Rodeo is available on the www.ethansrodeo.com website, at the Butcher Block in Quincy, the Barry Travel Plaza, and Fast Stop in Camp Point.
Information is also available by visiting Facebook (Ethan's Rodeo) and Twitter (@EthansRodeo), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.