Miss Rodeo America Jordan Tierney waves to parade spectators during the Last Roundup Rodeo festivities in Oelricsh on Sept. 12. (Photo by Charity Maness)
By Charity Maness
OELRICHS -- The community of Oelrichs hosted the 2020 Last Roundup Rodeo Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, with an intense line up of competitors heralding from as far away as Texas.
The official event began with a hometown parade down the main street of Oelrichs featuring classic cars, motorcycles, floats, fire vehicles, horses and the county’s own Jordan Tierney – Miss Rodeo America.
“It feels good to be back home, in a hometown rodeo,” said Tierney, “I am so very thankful to be here and to be able to hold the title for two years; the first time in history.”
Parade goers knew no age limit with giggling 2 year olds sitting next to long time residents of Oelrichs.
“I have come just about every year since 1976,” said Oelrichs resident Helen Anderson. “I love to get out and see all the people.”
Little Amelia Evans, 2, of Hot Springs, though excited about the parade, was most looking forward to the candy. “I hope they throw some at me,” she giggled.
Ava Schnose, 7, is the third generation to attend the Oelrichs rodeo parade. “Last year I got to ride in the car (in the parade) with my cousin,” she exclaimed. Her cousin is Shayna Morgan, 2019 South Dakota Jr. pre-teen USA ambassador. “I got to wave an American flag and throw candy. This year I’m looking forward to seeing the horses; I love horses.”
The excitement of the parade continued to the South Dakota Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo where the events such as barrel racing, steer roping, goat tying, team roping, steer wrestling and bull riding continued throughout both days providing non-stop rodeo thrills.