4th Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo – Wrap Up

After a fantastic weekend of roping, speed, and camp events, the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) celebrated its success of it’s annual rodeo weekend. The 4th Annual Rodeo was held Saturday, October 3 at Red Man Ranch & Arena in New Freedom, PA.    This years rodeo saw new contestants and many new faces in the audience.     On Sunday, October 4, Jackpot Team Penning was held.    At this event, teams of riders on horseback sort cattle to pick out the numbers that they are assigned in 60 seconds and get them “penned” in a three-sided corral at the other end […]

Calling All Rodeo Fans!

The fourth annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into Red Man Ranch & Arena (359 Strawberry Road, New Freedom, Pennsylvania) Saturday, October 3rd, starting at 11:30 am. The rodeo is family friendly, community event where both men and women, members of the LGBTQ community and their straight allies will compete equally in all rodeo events. The rodeo will feature some traditional rodeo events such as calf roping, barrel racing, and chute dogging, and includes some unique rodeo events, such as goat dressing, the wild drag race, and steer decorating. Admission for adults 13 and over is $10 each and admission […]

3rd Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo – October 12

The location of the 3rd Annual Keystone State Gay rodeo has been changed to: Red Man Ranch and Arena, 359 Strawberry road, New Freedom PA 17349 The third annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into action October 12th starting at 11:30 am at Spring Valley County Park (9777 Crest Road, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania). Spring Valley County Park is located two miles off Interstate 83 in Southern York County. The event is a family-friendly, inclusive rodeo and country event that merges traditional rodeo favorites with some non-traditional fun and hilarious events all in a safe and inviting atmosphere where everyone feels […]

Calling All Wannabe Cowboys & Cowgirls

So what’s a rodeo school? A rodeo school is an event dedicated to teaching newbies how to perform the events in a gay rodeo. At a gay rodeo, you’ll find traditional rodeo events like barrel racing, bull riding, and calf roping. Gay rodeos also add in some fun crowd-pleasing camp events that even those who don’t know how to ride a horse or have never been around livestock can do. The three added camp events that you’ll find at a gay rodeo are goat dressing (a team relay race to put underwear on a goat), steer decorating (a team event […]

Time for Rodeo School! Calling all wannabe cowboys & cowgirls

So what’s a rodeo school? A rodeo school is a play-day event that’s dedicated to learning how to perform the events in a gay rodeo. At a gay rodeo, you’ll find traditional rodeo events such as barrel racing, bull riding, and calf roping. Gay rodeos also add in some fun crowd-pleasing camp events that even those who don’t know how to ride a horse or have never been around livestock can do. The three added camp events that you’ll find at a gay rodeo are goat dressing (a team relay race to put underwear on a goat), steer decorating (a […]

Out Country Singer to perform at Keystone Rodeo Fundraiser

The Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) will hold “Rockin’ It Country Style: A Benefit” on Saturday, August 18th at Eyler’s Stables in Thurmont, MD. The concert and show will feature upcoming Country Artist Donnie Lee Strickland, as well as the KSGRA Royalty Court. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with charming Strickland to discuss his upcoming performance, his career as an out-country singer, and how music is in his DNA. “I fell in love with country music at an early age,” Strickland began. “I started singing in church when I was about five years-old. I was raised Southern Baptist in North […]

Introducing the Rodeo’s Grand Marshal: Jennifer Vrana

When the second annual Keystone State Charity Rodeo takes place later this month (June 22nd to 24th) Grand Marshal Jennifer Vrana will ride into the arena. Flanked by fellow rodeo riders Cindy Brendle (heralding the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association [ASGRA] flag), Mark Zwiers (heralding the Liberty Gay Rodeo [LGRA] flag), and President Adam Romanik (heralding the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association [KSGRA] flag), Vrana’s entrance will signify the culmination of her decades-long dedication to gay rodeo. “I was absolutely shocked when I was asked [to be Grand Marshal],” began Vrana. “I don’t feel that I’ve done anything different than […]

Hang on to Your Hat! The rodeo rides into town June 22nd to 24th

The second annual Keystone State Charity Rodeo rides into Diamond 7 Arena, Dillsburg Pennsylvania from June 22nd to 24th and is an all-inclusive family-friendly unique rodeo experience and community event. Men, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and their straight allies will be competing equally in all rodeo events. During the rodeo weekend there will be a junior rodeo on Friday night for youth participants ages 12 to 18; an IGRA (International Gay Rodeo Association) sanctioned rodeo each day both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 am; vendors, events, and activities for kids; and line dance lessons and a country […]

J. Kelly Poorman: Writer with a Western Heart Novelist finds his home on the range

  Writer J. Kelly Poorman has been a member of the gay rodeo circuit since the early 1980s. Having celebrated his 130th rodeo last year with Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Poorman to discuss his rodeo career, his work, and what gay rodeo means to him. Growing up near State College, Pennsylvania, Poorman joined the military and served for eight years. Upon leaving the military, Poorman traveled all over before eventually moving to Los Angeles. It was while there that Poorman began his foray into gay rodeo. “I dated this guy […]

Gay Rodeo Features Unique Events

  Anyone who’s ever attended a rodeo knows to expect seeing some of their favorite events, including barrel racing, calf roping, bronc riding, and of course the all-time favorite bull riding. The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) rodeo circuit includes all of those events and a few unique extras. The IGRA was founded in the late 1970s as a fundraiser for those who were affected by HIV/AIDS and could not openly compete in their local hometown traditional rodeos. Along with being a fundraiser for charity, several rodeo events were added for those that have a desire to compete, but don’t […]