After a fantastic weekend of rough stock, roping, speed, and camp events, the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) celebrated its inaugural rodeo as a “yee-haw” success! The rodeo, which celebrated with charity partners Alder Health Services and the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, was a weekend full of friendships, rodeo-family love, and all about living the Western lifestyle.
“Many things come to mind as I reflect on the inaugural Keystone State Gay Rodeo,” began KSGRA president Adam Romanik. “Some of those include the great fun we had rodeoing, the awesome facility that we were able to hold the event in and mostly what comes to mind is the relationships that were formed and renewed during that event. Our event, like many others, is where folks can come as they are, whoever they are and enjoy the fun.”
The relationships and bond that these men and women have at the rodeo stretch beyond state borders. “The support received by our rodeo family was amazing,” Romanik went on. “Even though we often only physically see our rodeo family about three to five times a year, we travel thousands of miles each year to support each other and do what we love – rodeo!”
Throughout the weekend of festivities, which included a country ho-down and a “royal wedding,” fans of the rodeo had opportunities to see both women and men compete in all events. “I would invite anyone that has any interest in the country lifestyle, rodeo, dancing or support for charity to become part of our family. International Gay Rodeo Association-based rodeos are open to everyone with a policy of total non-discrimination.”
As the weekend progressed, the bond in which fans and rodeo participants formed was solid. Fans, many of which considered this rodeo to be their first, found themselves rooting and enjoying the festivities. With the outpouring of support and love, Romanik and the KSGRA is already looking to the future for next year’s event.
“As of right now we are looking at the same weekend, June 22nd to 24th, 2018,” Romanik said. “Fundraising is under way now. Throughout the next year, we’ill be holding horse shows, drag shows, and raffles to name a few.” It’s obvious that, no time soon, will this rodeo be riding quietly into the sunset. Keep posted here for more rodeo coverage!
For more info on the Keystone State Gay Rodeo visit KSGRA.org.
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