Minot Y's rodeo chairman Fred Beuchler doesn't have to call Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to do an in-depth statistical analysis of numbers to express his optimism about the 57th annual Minot Y's Men's rodeo.
The only number that Beuchler has to see to be reassured of his success is 30 percent.
That's the percentage in increased ticket sales for the 57th annual Minot Y's Men's Professional Rodeo. The Cowboys Association Rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m. today at All Seasons Arena and runs through Sunday.
The Souris River flood hasn't done much to hinder the rodeo, Beuchler said.
Beuchler said the only problems the rodeo has encountered has been limited hotel space.
Outside of what Beuchler said he felt was a "minor problem, it's been business as usual.
"We have a lot of Cowboys coming up to compete from South Dakota," Beuchler said. "However, most of them are staying at the Grand International (the rodeo's host hotel). The Grand International has been awesome to work with and the people are pretty understanding as to what is going on. The ones that have had trouble getting hotel rooms, have decided for the option of camping. There have probably been some people that decided not to come, but we just have not heard about it."
At the rodeo, 100 cowboys and cowgirls will compete to represent the PRCA Badlands Circuit and for the dubious title of Badlands Circuit Champion.
There are 12 circuits and the top cowboys in each event will advance to RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Okla.
On Friday the rodeo will have a "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night that will provide scholarships for cancer survivors to go through exercise rehabilitation programs at the local YMCA.
Last year, the rodeo raised $167,000 and this year they anticipate raising $40,000 to $50,000 for the Trinity Health and Partnership with the Minot Family YMCA Center.
The rodeo will also have entertainment provided by clown and barrel man "Crash" Cooper, and Sunday will be highlighted by the Miss Rodeo North Dakota coronation during the intermission of final performances.
"The No. 1 thing about this rodeo is that this is our fundraiser," Beuchler said. "We want to put on quality entertainment, and we are just a group of men that want to help promote and celebrate the people who work at the camp."
57th Annual Y's Men's PRCA Indoor Rodeo schedule
Thursday, Oct. 6
5 p.m. - Wild West Rodeo for challenged kids, at State Fair Center.
5-8 p.m. - Cowboys Christmas Expo and trade show, at State Fair Center.
6:30 p.m. - (1st performance), Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo
Friday, Oct. 7
10 a.m.-8 p.m. - Cowboy Christmas Expo and Trade Show, at State Fair Center.
6:30 p.m. - (2nd performance), Badlands Circuit Finals rodeo hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo;' Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night.
Saturday, Oct. 8
7 a.m.-2 p.m. - Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, State Fair Center
8 a.m. - Jackpot Barrel race, State Fair Center
1 p.m. - Ranch Rodeo, State Fair Center
10 a.m.-8 p.m. - Cowboys Christmas Expo and Trade Show
6:30 p.m. - (3rd performance), Badlands Finals Rodeo hosted by Minot's Y's Men's Rodeo, at State Fair Center.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Noon-3 p.m. - Cowboy Expo and Trade Show
1:30 p.m. - (Final performance), Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo; Military Appreciation Day with half-price tickets for military people with ID (at Dakota Square Mall Ticket Booth only)
Intermission - Miss Rodeo North Dakota coronation during intermission of rodeo
Following the rodeo - Awards presentation at the State Fair Center.