Local Volunteers Driving Force Behind Phillipsburg Rodeo


Kansas' biggest rodeo, which is being held in Phillipsburg over the weekend, is all put on by volunteers.

Saturday's festivities wrap up the three days of action for the 85th year of the rodeo and from directing traffic, to concession stands and helping in the arena itself, it takes a cooperative effort from community members to pull off this event, and they say they wouldn't want it any other way.

"It's a lot of fun. The people who do all the hard work is the board members," said volunteer Howard King. "They're doing this for weeks ahead of time and it's easy for me to volunteer 3–4 hours a night for three nights in a row; that's easy."

King adds that rodeo events like the parade and dances bring the community together. Saturday night is the last night of the rodeo, which starts at 8 p.m.