On July 22nd 2011, the Riley County Fair hosted the 5th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo at Wells Arena in CiCo Park in Manhattan, KS. For the past 5 years the Kaw Valley Rodeo has worked with the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research to host this fundraiser. All of the proceeds from this rodeo went to benefit the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, which is located on the K-State campus.
Since Tough Enough to Wear Pink is one of Sigma Alpha’s biggest philanthropies, four of us dedicated our time to help the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research make this ‘Pack it with Pink’ event possible. Jessica Solo, Elaine VenJohn, Michelle Busch, and I assisted the staff by posting fliers prior and blowing up pink balloons the day of the rodeo. After all the balloons were ready to go and the gates were open for the rodeo fans to enter, we put on our aprons and walked around to sell these pink balloons for only $1. They also had a booth set up with Tough Enough to Wear Pink bracelets, bandanas, shirts, caps, and other pink items to show the support for cancer research. This proved to be a great fundraiser for the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research and we were very glad we got the opportunity to assist them!
The rodeo began with a pink balloon launch and during the grand entry there was a recognition ceremony that honored all those who have ever encountered cancer. Pink was definitely all over the place! All rodeo participants, as well as, their horses sported the color pink and many fans in the stands followed this same trend.
Fans watched the events of the night including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing. There are Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeos all over the United States and if you have not had the pleasure to be a part of one, I would highly recommend taking your family out for a night of pink!
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By Emily Mollohan