CHICAGO – The Illinois Gay Rodeo Association is pleased to announce it’s “RODEO ROUND TOWN” weekend will be held August 23rd thru the 25th in Chicago. In previous years, gay rodeo fans from across the country came to Chicago this last weekend in August for the Windy City Rodeo. As ILGRA works to rebuild and bring back live rodeo to the Windy City, they will host a series of events from Boystown to Andersonville to Rogers Park to continue the tradition of rodeo fun including an afternoon of “rodeo” competitions for prizes.
The weekend features the “Rodeo Kickoff Hoe Down” at 8pm at Charlie’s Chicago on Friday night August 23rd, Touché’s annual “Cowboy Eye for the Leather Guy” makeover contest at 10pm on Saturday night August 24th and wraps up with the “Trails End Dance” at 4pm on Sunday with Chicago’s Original Country Dance at The Call Bar. Admission to all events are free and open to everyone 21 and older.
The main event will be the Rodeo Games Competition on Saturday afternoon at Charlie’s Chicago with a variety of games based on traditional rodeo events. Games scheduled include flag racing, calf roping, cow pie toss, goat dressing, pole bending, cow pie eating, and the “Mini Miss Rodeo” event. The competition is open to all with prizes for the winner of each event and the overall Rodeo Champion. The Rodeo Games begin at 1pm and the afternoon includes C&W music, raffles and a Chuck Wagon Buffet.
The “Cowboy Eye For The Leather Guy” makeover contest on Saturday night at Touché, will feature a complete cowboy makeover for the winner provided by Alcala’s Western Wear 1733 West Chicago Avenue. The head to toe makeover includes boots, jeans, western shirt and cowboy hat valued at $500. To win the prizes, contestants must dress in leather or other fetish gear and will be grilled on their “cowboy” knowledge.
Country & western music and dancing will be featured at all events with nightly raffles and surprises. Proceeds from Rodeo Round Town will benefit the Northside Pantry of the Heartland Alliance Vital Bridges Food Program and the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association.
August marks the 25th anniversary of the Groceryland Pantry, the only pantry dedicated to serving those affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1985, Open Hand was established to provide meals to those with AIDS and as progress in treating those afflicted allowed them to prepare their own meals. 25 years ago, the Groceryland Pantry was opened and is now part of the Vital Bridges Food Program services offered by Heartland Alliance. It has been estimated that over 18 million meals have been provided either in meals delivered or groceries distributed since 1985.
More information on Rodeo Round Town and the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association may be found at ILGRA.com and on Facebook.com/IllinoisGayRodeoAssociation. Additional information on Heartland Alliance and the Groceryland Pantry service may be found at heartlandalliance.org/program/vital-bridges-food-program.
Press release from ILGRA