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'Tough Enough to Wear Pink?': Wojo’s Rodeo Circuit Finals next weekend in Bemidji

BEMIDJI--Wojo's Rodeo Circuit Finals will crown champions while also bringing attention to breast cancer on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the Sanford Center.

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Hank Halverson tumbles off his horse during a ride at the Wojo’s Rodeo Circuit Finals in November 2017 at the Sanford Center. (Pioneer file photo)
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BEMIDJI-Wojo's Rodeo Circuit Finals will crown champions while also bringing attention to breast cancer on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the Sanford Center.

"Tough Enough to Wear Pink?" is the theme of the event, which will feature 119 contestants competing for season-ending titles. The top 15 point leaders in each of 12 events have earned their way to the Bemidji rodeo throughout the season, which began in June.

Advance tickets are available at $22 for adults, $32 for club level seats and $14 for children. Those prices will be $27, $17 and $35 if purchased at the door. Tickets are available at the Sanford Center, www.ticketmastercom ., charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and day of the show at the Bob Lowth Ford Ticket Pickup Windows.

Doors open at 6 p.m. each night and action begins at 7.

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Edith Sanford Breast Center at Sanford Health Bemidji. "Our goal is to promote awareness around breast cancer and the importance of mammograms. Local Edith fundraising helps pay for mammograms for women who cannot afford them," according to a release from Sanford Health.

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In addition, Wojo's will sell pink T-shirts and other items, with profits will be donated to the Edith Sanford Breast Center.

Toward the end of the rodeo on Saturday, the winner of the autographed Brad Paisley pink ribbon guitar will be announced. Paisley signed it when he performed in Bemidji earlier this year.

Sanford Health also will be giving attendees a pink Edith Sanford bandana and koozies and donating 20 tickets to a Sanford suite to employees who are survivors.

Sanford Health will have a booth in the Sanford Center entrance to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to breast cancer. The pink ribbon Edith Wall will be there so people can sign the wall.

Wojo's Rodeo is owned and operated by Keith and Dana Wojciechowski of Greenbush, Minn., who have hosted rodeos for more than 13 years in northern Minnesota; they also own and operate Wojo's Horse Training. This will be the 16th rodeo of the season.

"Our mission is to keep the sport alive and keep families coming," Dana said. "We focus on the whole family. We want to get kids involved."

With that in mind, several of the events will be for juniors. Competitors from northern Minnesota will be taking part in 12 events: bull riding, junior bull riding, barrel racing, junior barrel racing, bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, mini bronc riding and goat tying. Qualified contestants will be competing for prize money, buckles and point awards.

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