Cowboys and women barrel racers from around the Midwest and
beyond eagerly travel to Spooner Rodeo each year. They’ve heard from
their peers and the veterans of years past that it’s a good place to compete.
There’s the promise of fun and excitement all around, stiff but fair
competition, great entertainment, For the fans there’s much of the same excitement – to watch, to take part in, to enjoy – great fun, great food, and great thrills at each performance of Spooner Rodeo. Extras include shopping at the vendors’ booths all three days, special happenings at each show, prizes to win, great music after each rodeo performance, and old friends to visit and party with. And on Rodeo Saturday afternoon uptown, the huge Spooner Rodeo Parade with more than 100 units, bands, floats, horses galore, fire trucks, politicians, prizes, kids and more.
July 10-12, 2014 • July 9-11, 2015 • July 7-9, 2016 • July 6-8, 2017
Spooner Rodeo’s only stock contractor since the first Heart of the North Rodeo here in 1954, Bob Barnes is one of Professional Rodeo’s brightest lights and most enduring legends.
Each year Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company participates in rodeos across the United States. In 2012 that schedule included performances from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Las Vegas, Nevada, with many others in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska on the professional level. Encouraging rodeo’s future, they were also at high school rodeos in Minnesota and Iowa, including the one at the Minnesota State Fair. At season’s end, there were the annual big events such as the Justin Playoffs in Omaha,the Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in LasVegas.
The Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company is the longest running rodeo company in the United States. Bob Barnes was named Stock Contractor of the Year in 1984. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994. Every year Barnes stock performs at the highest level at professional rodeos across the country.
Barnes Rodeo has thrived and is going where PRCA rodeo has never been before because they have been successful in four important ways:
Spooner Rodeo Committee and fans were saddened when Donita Barnes passed away just over a month after last year’s Spooner Rodeo. She and Bob Barnes were married four years after the first Spooner Rodeo, and she was an integral part of our Rodeo here every year from then on.
She was devoted to her husband and their three children, Mitzi, Marty, and John; and worked tirelessly for the family rodeo and farm operations. Donita was a lifetime member of the PRCA. In 2010, she received the Tad Lucas Memorial award, presented to women exhibiting spirit, courage and compassion while upholding rodeo's great western heritage.
Besides her husband, children, a brother, Dennis; and Bob’s sister, Marjorie; she is survived by 10 grandchildren: Zac, Bryce & Chad Johnson; Westin Barnes and his fiancé Katelyn Martin, Shayla, Micah, Mary & Mason Barnes; Megan (Chad) Berger, & Colton Barnes.