PALMER — Palmer will host a nationally televised rodeo event in May at the Alaska State Fairgrounds.
Rodeo Alaska Executive Director Frank Koloski presented to a meeting of the Palmer City Council on March 23 to announce that over 50 bulls and 50 bull riders would be headed to Alaska for what he called a historical event. Rodeo Alaska started in 1962 in Palmer as the Alaska State Rodeo Cowboys Association, and Koloski said he was happy to bring the rodeo event home to Palmer.
“We have got the attention of this entire country. It’s really really exploded across the country for this event that’s going to take place here at the end of May,” said Koloski. “There is a light at the end of htis tunnel and there’s bulls to be bucked. There’s a lot of work to be done over there.”
Koloski said he was in discussions with RFD-TV and the Cowboy Channel previously on Tuesday and had recently increased the number of Professional bull Riding contestants due to demand.
“Now we have three freightliners headed this way with 57 head of bulls expecting around 50 contestants that will be traveling up here for our event, historical event right here in Palmer,” said Koloski.
Koloski said that work would have to continue to prepare the Alaska State Fairgrounds for the event.
“We are happy that you are here and that you’ve chosen Palmer and we look forward to a great event,” said Mayor Edna DeVries.