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Organization hard at work refurbishing arena and grounds after this year's event was canceled due to pandemic

Rodeo fans, tickets will go on sale Friday for the 2021 St. Paul Rodeo.

Rodeo officials kicked off the ramp-up to next year's event after announcing in June that the annual rite would be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.COURTESY PHOTO: ST. PAUL RODEO ASSOCIATION - Officials kicked off the ramp-up to next year's rodeo after announcing in June that the annual event would be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are optimistic for a terrific 2021 rodeo," said Cindy Schonholtz, rodeo general manager, in a news release. "We all missed gathering and celebrating our great country over the Fourth of July, and we can't wait till we can do it again."

The early kickoff of ticket sales was prompted by demand, Schonholtz said. "We've fielded lots of questions about next year's rodeo and tickets for it," she added.

During the hiatus, rodeo board members and volunteers have kept themselves busy preparing the arena and grounds for next year's event. The primary project is installation of new lighting in the arena, park and rodeo grounds, "which will make fans' experience more enjoyable," Schonholtz said.

The project list has expanded to erecting new fencing on the south portion of the grounds and undertaking plenty of painting on the primarily wooden structure.

Tickets can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com and Schonholtz reminded potential attendees that seating is reserved, "so purchasing tickets now to get the best seats is encouraged." Tickets range from $16 to $26, not including a small "convenience fee."

Proceeds from the annual event go to a plethora of area service and youth organizations and is made possible by the hundreds of volunteers who staff the rodeo.

For more information, call 800-237-5920.


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