By MARY MALONE Staff writer NE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — In its second year operating as a professional rodeo, the Bonner County Rodeo was recently awarded 2016 Small Rodeo of the Year through the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Columbia River Circuit.

…each evening of the event, the rodeo committee had a few people hit the stands with buckets to collect as much money as they could in 60 seconds from the crowd.

In two nights, therefore two minutes, the committee raised nearly $1,800. One-hundred percent of those funds went to the local organizations Community Cancer Services and Bonner County Hospice.

“Hopefully it catches on more and more as the years go by, but 100 percent of those funds go to the local cancer organizations — we don’t hold any out and none of it gets sent out of town,” he said.

The 2017 Bonner County Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Pre-sale tickets will be available in the spring at $13 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for kids, or a two-day family pass will be available, which includes two adults and two kids, for $50 — one of the “best deals in family entertainment,” Cornelius said.

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