PALMER — Rodeo Alaska drew a large number of attendees to the Alaska State Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend.

Rodeo Alaska hosted the 2022 PRCA Northernmost Extreme Bulls Event in America Friday and Saturday.

“We had two action-packed days with the best bull riders in the world,” Rodeo Alaska owner Frank Koloski said.

Alaskan competitors from across the state showed their skills and dedication during Rodeo Alaska’s Memorial Day Rodeo Sunday and Monday. Koloski said this weekend was a perfect demonstration of local and visiting talent and another shining success on their upward trajectory in working to broaden Alaska’s overall rodeo community. He said that he’s extremely thankful for all the support that got them to this point.

“It was amazing. It’s been a great last four days that have been truly blessed,” Koloski said.

Koloski said their overall participation has increased substantially in recent years, particularly in their youth competitors. He said it’s encouraging to see the next generation riding strong in the saddle at the state and national levels.

“It’s grown so much. We’re getting more and more exposure to get our kids competing in the lower 48 to represent Alaska,” Koloski said.

Koloski marveled at the ceaseless support across the Alaskan rodeo community. He said it’s a statewide family that always looks out for one another.

“We’re really a traveling village,” Koloski said.

Koloski said the rodeo lifestyle demands a lot of hard work and responsibility. He said it’s one of the most wholesome ways to foster children’s overall development as they care for their animals and dedicate themselves to the various duties involved. He said it’s a sport that reflects American values and traditions.

“There’s really no sport like it,” Koloski said. “It’s a really grassroots sport. I think it’s what America is really about.”

Looking forward, Koloski aims to expand to areas such as Seward and Valdez. He added that they would also like to expand to more rural areas to expose Alaskan children to the equestrian lifestyle where they otherwise would have no other opportunity.

“Some of these kids have never seen a horse,” Koloski said.

Rodeo Alaska is set to return to Palmer for the 2022 Alaska State Fair Rodeo. Koloski said that Palmer provides an ideal backdrop for their events and they’ve always had a great working relationship with Fair staff and the City of Palmer.

“My hat goes off to Palmer,” Koloski said.

Rodeo Alaska’s next event is the Father’s Day Rodeo in Anchorage from June 18 through June 20. For more information, visit rodeoalaska.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com



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