Rodeo fans looking to get on top of the action will get the chance for a better view at the Park Rapids PBR Bull Ride and PRCA Rodeo in July with the addition of a large viewing and party deck.
Randy Jokela, event promoter, said the three-tier deck being built now off the main pavilion will be directly behind the chutes.
"It will be a great view of the rodeo. It’s going to be tremendous for fans of bull riding and the rodeo," he said.
To accommodate the approximately 40-foot by 100-foot deck the announcers booth will be moved to the south side of the arena, creating a premier spot for spectators.
The main pavilion is currently used for spectators, beer sales and live bands each night but Jokela said there was wasted space and they wanted to create something special for the event July 1-3.
"This is naturally one of the best spots in the arena. You’re right on top of the chute area and still have vision of the rest of the arena perfectly."
The deck with log railings for drinks, and stairs leading down from the main pavilion behind the chutes puts spectators closer to the rodeo stars.
"The cowboys are right next to you," Jokela said. "People love that and they’ll love to get a behind the scenes look at the cowboys."
The PRCA Rodeo featuring all the traditional events takes place Friday, July 1 with the PBR Bull Ride both Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3. Jokela is excited for this year’s event with the dates falling perfectly for the Fourth of July weekend. He said they doubled the prize money for the rodeo over last year and he expects the bull ride to draw some of the best riders in the country.
"We’re the largest PBR of the July 4th weekend," he added.
The way the dates are and not competing with other Fourth of July activities around the area Jokela said the 38th annual event could be the best ever.
Adding to the excitement each night will be sheep riding for children ages 5-7, clowns and bull fighters. Entertainment includes Moto X and live bands from the Minneapolis and St. Cloud areas. Also performing this year will be the local band, "Incredibly Real."
To sign up in advance for sheep riding or for ticket information visit