Wojo's Rodeo to be featured at 2022 Beltrami County Fair
Following the retirement of long-time Beltrami County Fair rodeo promoters Joe Waslaski and Kris Klasen earlier this year, the fair board recently made the decision to continue putting on the event itself.
BEMIDJI — It’s official, the Beltrami County Fair rodeo will live on.
Following the recent retirement of Joe Waslaski and Kris Klasen, long-time promoters of the Triple B Rodeo at the Beltrami County Fair, the fate of the annual event was up in the air.
Until recently, that is, when the Beltrami County Fair Board made the decision to continue putting on the rodeo itself.
For Becky Kummet, grandstand superintendent for the fair board, the decision came shortly after Waslaski and Klasen announced their retirement.
“Once we heard about their retirement we started researching different ideas,” Kummet said.
The weekend following the announcement of Waslaski and Klasen’s retirement in January, Kummet explained, the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs held a convention in the cities.
“At that time, we were researching different things that were going on, and we wanted to try to find something that we could do two nights in the grandstand,” Kummet said. “That’s when it came to us.”
Wojo's Rodeo was at the convention and it wasn't an unfamiliar name to the fair board.
The board, Kummet said, had received letters in the past from Keith and Dana Wojciechowski of Greenbush, Minn., who own and operate Wojo’s Rodeo.
Kummet explained that the combination of the letters they had received expressing the couple's interest in putting on their rodeo at the fair and Wojo's being at the convention led them to their decision.
She believes putting on Wojo’s Rodeo at the fair, which has previously been held at the Sanford Center, has the potential to add a local touch to the event.
“We’re hoping that doing it with Wojo’s will bring a lot of local and regional competitors,” Kummet said. “I think one of the big things is knowing names of (competitors), especially in our community. I think that’s a huge piece.”
In the coming months, the fair board will work to secure sponsors and nail down the details of the rodeo, which will be held in the grandstand on Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13.
The fair board will have quite the list of responsibilities to check off to ensure the rodeo is a success. To tackle them, a few committees have been set up to take charge of the various aspects of the event.
“We have different committees that are in charge of different things. There are a lot of us working together to pull off any of the events at the fair,” Kummet said. “The grandstand committee is also working hand-in-hand with our promotional committee.”
The rodeo is set to include 12 events, including new levels added to some of the regular events to get different age groups involved.
“In a normal rodeo, you have your bull riding and that type of thing,” Kummet explained. “We will also do junior bull riding and mini bull riding. . . It’s going to be the same type of event, but there’s going to be different classes.”
In addition to showcasing new events at the rodeo, the grandstand will also put on a Baja race on Sunday, Aug. 14, instead of the tractor pull.
“We’re very excited about all the different changes and new things that are coming,” Kummet said.
The fair board is still seeking sponsors for the rodeo, for more information contact the fair office at (218) 444-8169 .