48th Annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo

For the last 48 years the Barnes Rodeo Circuit, of Peterson, Iowa, have been putting on a rodeo at our fair grounds at the end of May. It is a 3 day event with something for the whole family. They hold a Family, Ladies, and Full Fun Day each year. It is held on a Thursday through Saturday evening. Family night is for the whole family with free pony rides, free kids games, free petting zoo, and a kid’s rodeo. Ladies night is for the ladies with the first 500 ladies receiving a gift and coupons of savings at local Cherokee businesses. For the Fun All Day event they hold a western BBQ at the local train Depot, a train robbery at the Depot and a parade at 4:00 pm. Each night they have western vendors who have booths set up so people can look and buy their wares before the rodeo starts. Each year they also pick a rodeo queen and is also in the parade on the last day of the rodeo.

Each evening there are new riders for bareback riding, saddle bronc, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, and tie down roping.

Bob Barnes and his sister Marjorie became interested in 1950 with rodeos and began putting on their own rodeos. In 1958 Bob married Donita Ducommun from Larrabee, Iowa. Bob had already begun to build Barnes Rodeo Company and they both remained active in the rodeo business the rest of their lives. They had 3 children to their union and all three children now carry on the Barnes Rodeo Company and a rodeo company by the name of MJM, the first initials in their names, Mitzi, Marty, and John that started in 1984.

Donita passed away in August of 2011 and Bob followed her the following year in November 2012. Bob was a member and served on many Rodeo committees all across the US and was active in his church and served on boards there as well. Bob was born and raised in Cherokee, Iowa and Donita was raised in Cherokee County, Iowa near Larrabee, a small farming community just north of Cherokee a few miles. They traveled all over the US to put on rodeos and their stock is known to be the best. Bob is one of only two stock contractors to have sent stock to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every year.

Bob also started the Midwest Christian Children’s Home near Peterson, Iowa, a home for children who are in need of physical, spiritual, and emotional healing in 1963 and served on the board until his death.

They put on a good show and always entertaining for the whole family!

For more information about the Barnes Rodeo Company and MJM Rodeo check out this link:


Bob and Donita Barnes entering the arena on a horse drawn cart.

Bob and Donita Barnes entering the arena on a horse drawn cart.

Beginning ceremonies of Cherokee PRCA Rodeo each year:
Cherokee Rodeo photo 1


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