Isanti is gearing up for its biggest festival of the year, the 2019 Rodeo Jubilee Days presented by the North 65 Chamber of Commerce and the Isanti Fire District.
During the Isanti City Council meeting June 18, the council approved special event permits for the chamber and the fire district to host Rodeo Jubilee Days, July 11-14.
Jubilee Days chair Dave Englund talked briefly about the upcoming festivities.
“One of the big highlights this year is the outhouse races, actually the 30th annual. A couple of years ago we started a junior division, so we’re trying to get some of the kids to be involved too, as well as the regular division. Two different sets of trophies, the whole nine yards,” Englund said. “The guy hand-makes all of the trophies every year. From the beginning, he has made first, second and third place trophies ever since the beginning 30 years ago. ... They are pretty nice looking trophies. Every year he makes them a little different, so you never know what they are going to look like.”
Melissa Bettendorf, executive director of the North 65 Chamber, thanked the community and all of its volunteers for supporting the events.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone in the community that makes this happen; it is truly a community event. We have volunteers like Dave who has been involved for years and years, others as well,” Bettendorf said. “There is a variety of community organizations that come together to put this on and of course the rodeo happening as well. I just wanted to recognize all those people and say thank you.”
Bettendorf mentioned committee members will be counting the number of attendees at the parade on Thursday, July 11, so they are looking for any volunteers who wish to help with that endeavor, and have other ways for people to volunteer as well, whether they are looking for a smaller task or a larger task.
“We look forward to having a great time here July 11-14 in Isanti,” Bettendorf said.
Isanti Mayor Jeff Johnson praised Englund and Bettendorf for all their efforts with Rodeo Jubilee Days.
“I thank both of you for your hard work and due diligence in this project. It’s always been something positive for myself and my children to attend. So thank you for the hard work you two do,” Johnson said.
Rodeo performances are set for 6:30 p.m. July 12 and 6:30 p.m. July 13.
“I go to it every year. This is a remarkable event that you guys put on,” Johnson said.
Tickets for the rodeo are $15 at the gate and $13 in advance for adults, and $10 at the gate and $8 in advance for children 12 and under; children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available by calling 763-464-2508 and online at isantifiredistrict.org. Advance sale tickets terminate on July 5. Dances following the rodeo performances are free with a paid rodeo ticket. Copperhead Creek Band will perform on July 12 and the Amie Austin Band will perform on July 13.
For a full schedule of Rodeo Jubilee Days, visit north65chamber.com.