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Kolton Weber, of Watson, Minn., gets ejected from his horse during the Saddle Bronc Riding portion of the Great Northern Classic Rodeo from 2013. For more information about this year’s rodeo please turn to page A8. (Jed Carlson/

The Great Northern Classic Rodeo rides into town this week.

The rodeo kicks off at 7 p.m. today at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds, 4700 Tower Ave.

Audience members are encouraged to show they are “tough enough to wear pink” to support the fight against breast cancer. There will be mutton bustin’ during intermission for children age 5 or older who weigh less than 50 pounds and a rodeo dance following the performance at Ropers Saloon, 705 Tower Ave.

Saturday’s rodeo performance begins at 7 p.m., with mutton bustin’ at intermission and another rodeo dance at Ropers Saloon that evening.

A church service featuring evangelist Lee Downey of the Six Seasons Christian Riders begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds. A miracle rodeo hosting cowboys and cowgirls with special needs takes place at 11:30 a.m. The special contestants receive an official rodeo back tag and participate in rodeo event stations, from the cowboy hat toss and sawdust quarter search to stick-horse barrel racing. Supported by donations from local businesses, the Miracle Rodeo recognizes that all entrants are winners.

A watermelon crawl featuring children in blindfolds crawling to find the watermelon in the middle of the arena begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the rodeo performance beginning at 2 p.m. During intermission, there will be a calf chase for kids age 12 and under.

Each rodeo performance features a number of events, from bareback bronc riding and calf roping to barrel racing, bull riding and steer wrestling. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 at the gate. Advance tickets are $1 less. Admission for seniors and members of the military is $8 and children ages 5 and younger attend free.

A three-day pass is $35 for adults, $20 for children. Advance tickets are available at Dan’s Feed Bin, Widdes Feed & Trailer Sales, the Superior/Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Diamond Royal Tack in the Mariner Mall, the Holiday Station Store on East Second Street and Dunbar’s Supply. For information or tickets, call 715-817-6336 or 218-428-6600.