The world should know that we will crack the gates on the 31st annual Burke Stampede Rodeo this July 16-18 in Burke, South Dakota. It has been a rough year and a half in Stampede country. The tornado that tore through our community in August of 2019 did extensive damage to the Stampede Rodeo grounds. Not only did repairs require considerable money but also volunteer time and coming together that was hampered by the covid pandemic. We are just thrilled to report that as always, our can-do community, volunteers and supporters did not disappoint. An American watch party held in March netted the necessary income to replace boards with aluminum planks on two sets of bleachers and to purchase a replacement beer stand from the Gregory County Lions Club. Volunteers have spent countless hours removing debris from the tornado, replacing bleacher boards, installing aluminum seating, welding metal walkways on the bleachers, repairing and updating the bathrooms, ripping the ground in the arena, fixing the arena sprinkler system (also damaged in the tornado), replacing broken glass on the crow’s nest, doing extensive dirt and road work outside the arena, and most recently painting the entire arena.