The Duchesne County Chamber of Commerce will highlight sporting and outdoor opportunities in the Uintah Basin during Rough Rider Days in Roosevelt, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8.
A Sportsman's Show will be held Friday, beginning at noon in the old Bradshaw building off Highway 40 on Lagoon Street. Information booths, displays and sale booths will be set up.Carl Foote, Rough Rider Days organizer, said booth space is still available for outdoor sports and recreation-related businesses or organizations.
"Again this year booth space is free, on a first come, first served basis. The only stipulations are that you provide your own supplies such as tables, and that all the booths and displays be kept to a sporting or outdoor theme," said Foote.
During The Sportsman's Show in the evening there will be presentations on elk bugling, Dutch-oven cooking and modern archery equipment. And Foote said this year's show will feature on added treat. "Something new this year at Rough Rider Days is what we call Big Bucks of the Basin. We want people who have trophies - big horns, big heads - to bring them to us so we can put them on display at the Sportsman's Show."
On Saturday four different events will be held beginning with the Fishing Derby for the kids. The derby is free and will be held in Uinta Canyon 20 miles north of Roosevelt, from 8 a.m. until noon. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Forest Service in conjunction with the chamber, with prizes and promotions provided by Field and Stream Jr., Plano, South Bend, Aebco, American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Assoc. and local merchants.
At the same time Saturday morning, the muzzleloader, pistol and archery shoots will be going on at Constitution Park in Roosevelt. In the afternoon a "grudge match" will be held, Foote said. "We'll set up a few targets and let each different group compete against each other. All three clubs will shoot each club's target. We'll take a total score and see who comes out the best. Prizes will be given out to the winners," he explained.
Although Rough Rider Days have been held in Roosevelt for several years, it's just been during the past three years that the two-day event has been in conjunction with an outdoor sporting theme. "We're trying to promote hunting and fishing in the Uintah Basin. Rough Rider Days is gaining in popularity. It's become a pretty big event for sportsmen," Foote said.