Hangout with the Rodeo Community

Interacting with our local community is very important to Plains Church. Therefore, we organize two rodeos which enables us to get outside the walls of our church.

During those two rodeo weekends, we celebrate the cowboy way of life.

But these events are more than just an outreach to us. We have come to love and appreciate our visiting cowboys and cowgirls, and we consider them part of our family now.

As each weekend approaches, we look forward to the excitement these rodeos create. There’s nothing quite like being “behind the scenes” of this particular ministry!

We have both rodeos at the Argonia River Park Rodeo Grounds just south of town next to the Chikaskia River. This allows many campers and cowboys to “set up camp” within walking distance to the arena. 

Spring Rodeo Supports Argonia Daze

In the middle of May, our spring rodeo coincides with Argonia Daze, a community-based fun day of activities and food at the City Park and around town.

Also, it matches up with High School Graduation. Our rodeo offers graduation attendees a place to reconnect and hangout with family and old friends in a lively, country atmosphere. Plus, many new friendships are established.

And, like most rodeos, there’s plenty of bull and bronc riding, calf roping, and mutton busting. In addition, everyone watches barrel racing and steer wrestling while eating grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

There’s something for everyone!

Fall Rodeo Honors a Fallen Cowboy 

Back in 2011, on Labor Day weekend, we were preparing for our very first rodeo.

That’s when Kraft Rodeo’s son was killed in an accident on his way to our rodeo. Kraft Rodeo is the family who provides all the animals for the rodeo and manages the entire event.

It was a heart-wrenching time, but cowboys from all over Kansas dropped what they were doing and rushed to our aid to make sure both nights were carried out.

At that moment, we witnessed what a true “family support group” is all about, even though none of them were related.

After that weekend, our fall rodeo became the Bronc Kraft Memorial Rodeo.

If you would like to learn more about our rodeos or would like to help, let us know! You can email us or call (620) 435-6744.