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Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo

cowboys dressed in pink

Pack it with pink Friday night, July 22, 2016! The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association (KRVA) will host the 10th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo during the Riley County Fair at CiCo Park in Manhattan, to raise awareness and funds for cancer research at K-State. Read 07/05/16 news release.

The Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo will be in Wells Arena July 21, 22 & 23, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night's Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo honors all who have ever faced cancer. Rodeo participants and spectators alike wear pink…even the horses!

We deeply thank the KVRA and its Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee, which has been working very hard on this annual campaign since 2007!

Related events:

  • Cox Bros. BBQ Fundraiser – Sun July 10 at Cox Bros. BBQ, 223 McCall Rd., Manhattan. Ten percent of day's profits will support KVRA'S Tough Enough to Wear Pink efforts. The restaurant will offer a carved meat buffet for $12.95 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and $2 sliders all day. The event will feature live music from noon to 2 p.m., and pink merchandise will be available for purchase.
  • KVRA Junior Rodeo at Manhattan Town Center – Sat July 16
  • KVRA FUNdraiser Auction & Steak Fry – Sun July 17, at the Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Ave. This benefits both KVRA and the cancer research center. Tickets sold in advance--call 785-539-8404.
  • Riley Co. Fair Parade on Poyntz Ave. – Thu July 21
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo – 8 p.m., Fri July 22, CiCo Park, Kimball & Avery Avenues.

More information is available at the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association’s website.

PHOTOS of past Rodeos and Spaghetti Dinners can be viewed on our Facebook Page (even if you don't have a Facebook account): 2015 Rodeo & Dinner, 2014 Rodeo and Dinner, 2013 Rodeo and Dinner.

Big thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!

Women’s Health Group
Schultz Constriction
Dr. and Mrs. David Pauls
Bill Kennedy
Cox Bros.
Lee Borck Innovative Livestock Solutions

2015 Sponsors


Women's Health Group
Innovative Livestock Services, Inc., Lee Borck (steaks for KVRA Steak Fry)

Cox Bros. BBQ
First Presbyterian Church

Riley County Medical Society

ROSE SPONSOR ($300-399)

Schultz Construction
Dr. Byron Alexander
Dr. & Mrs. David Pauls
Barry's & Dunne's Pharmacies


Manhattan Breast Cancer Support Group (labor)
K-State Cancer Fighters (labor)
K-State Sigma Alpha ag sorority (labor)
Mead Lumber Do-It Center (marquee message)
Community First Bank (marquee message)
Sunflower Bank (marquee message)
Commerce Bank (marquee message)
The Eye Doctors (marquee message)

drill team, horses wearing pink socks