The Doko Championship Rodeo is bucking off the challenges of the coronavirus and heading back to Blythewood’s Community Park Arena Nov. 6 and 7.
The 10th annual rodeo, postponed several months due to COVID-19 closures, features eight events,including bull riding, bronc riding and barrel racing. The International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event draws cowboys, cowgirls and stock from across the country to compete for prize money, trophy buckles and qualifying points for the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma next February.
The Blythewood event has a history of hosting world-class competitors: More than half the competitors at last year’s International Finals Rodeo have competed at Doko, including seven reigning and five past world champions. Stock Contractor of the Year Ken Treadway will return with 2018 Bucking Bronc of the Year Nite Lite and IFR Finals Champ Nite Mare. Fans will also see 2016 International Bucking Bull of the Year Texas Black Twister, 2017 Bull of the Year Jose Cuervo and two-time Bull of the Year Fast & Furious.
Attendees wanting to try a tamer version of the action can enjoy the Doko mechanical bull and pony rides. Food and other vendors also will be available.
The Doko Rodeo makes charitable donations to organizations including local associations of 4-H, Future Farmers of America, South Carolina high school rodeo competitors, The Big Red Barn, The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, Miss Blythewood Pageant contestants, scout troops and Plant it Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. The Community Park Arena is at 311 Blythewood Road at I-77 exit. 27. More information can be found at blythewoodrodeo.com.