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Shenandoah Riding Center: Huge Liberty Bell to be featured in show-opening extravaganza.

The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo is a July 4th tradition in the tri-state area with the 29th annual event on tap for July 3 and 4th at 7:30 p.m. Featuring top professional rodeo action, the best specialty entertainers, mutton bustin' and more, it's a fan favorite every year. But for 2015, Mother Liberty will truly Ring her Bell as a 16' tall custom built Liberty Bell will be featured in a truly memorable patriotic opening production. Known for unique patriotic pageantry, Three Hills came up with a special twist that makes the "Bell" a one of a kind.

The late Bob Link, of Link Hydraulic in Dubuque, put in countless hours transforming Three Hills Rodeo's idea into reality. He did extensive research on the Liberty Bell to make sure all the details were correct and the end product was authentic in appearance. From the color to the inscription, Bob put his heart and soul into creating what he said was one of his most unusual projects. The fiberglass structure created around steel tube framing sets the stage, but the custom - built hydraulic lift platform inside the bell, capable of lifting about two tons, is the showstopper. Link enabled the top of the bell to remotely open as the platform lifts up and presents a horse and rider with an American flag... it's a patriotic tribute unlike anything you will ever see. Exceeding the expectations of our audience is the goal and this is truly one that is hard to top.

The free Preshow from 6 to 7 p.m. also provides more FUN and unique opportunities. Pony rides are featured for kids but all ages will enjoy meeting the rodeo entertainers for autographs, learn to rope, throw some "horseshoes" or sit on Midnight, the 2,000 lb. brahma bull in the bucking chutes.

The gates open at 6:00 p.m. rain or shine. Hillside seating surrounds the beautiful Shenandoah Riding Center Arena. Great food with many new food vendors and specialty vendors will be available. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends each performance with one of the tri-state's best fireworks displays to music. If that's not enough fun, head into the Shenandoah Riding Center after the rodeo for live music at Rodeo After Party... Whether you're 6 or 76... it's a "Buckin' Good Time".

For more information call Corey Morehead 563-343-4752.

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