Bucking broncos! Gay men are shaking up America’s mid-west macho world of the Rodeo King’ by staging the second annual Stampede’ Gay Rodeo.
Gay cowboys the length and breadth of the United States are gearing up for what promises to be an action packed weekend of bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and barrel racing. Organised by the Liberty Rodeo Association Stampede will include two balls, more than a dozen rodeo competitions, dancing and some camp events such as goat dressing and a wild drag race. Sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to us!
It’s expected that cowboys and girls from all over the United States will attend the event being held in Philadelphia July 31st Aug 2nd. The event highlight will be the main rodeo competition at Lulu Shriners Rodeo Grounds in Plymouth, two hours north of the city.
Speaking to The Philadelphia Gay News Stampede director Jim Gallucci said the intention of the stampede is to bring together a diverse mix of community It’s open to everybody, whether you’re gay, lesbian, straight. It’s a lot of friendly, fun competition, but also a way to meet people without having to go out to a bar. There’s a real sense of community
And what about when the sun goes down after a hard day of bronco busting? What’s a lonesome pistol-packin’ cowboy to do? That’ll be line dancing at the spur-tastic Independence’ and Freedom’ balls then! Hosted by Philadelphia’s Loews Hotel the two galas will kick off and close Stampede and include performances from country singer James Allen Clark and an awards ceremony.