The headliner of the week that is Dodge City Days grabbed the masses Wednesday night at Dodge City Roundup Arena.

    Thousands packed the arena to take in some rodeo action as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Million Dollar Rodeo Tour, Silver Series finally touched down in the southside of town.


The headliner of the week that is Dodge City Days grabbed the masses Wednesday night at Dodge City Roundup Arena.
    Thousands packed the arena to take in some rodeo action as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Million Dollar Rodeo Tour, Silver Series finally touched down in the southside of town.
    Very few Kansas natives performed during the first night of the greatest show on dirt, which turned into mud Wednesday due to the rain that swept through the city hours prior. But those cowboys in attendance gave the rodeo fans plenty to cheer for.
    The first section of the bull-riding competition kicked off the premiere night of the PRCA rodeo in Dodge and Augusta native Rick Ritter was the only product of the sunflower state.
    Ritter disappointed the crowd failing to land on the board, but El Campo, Texas' Clayton Foltyn, the all-around champion earlier this month in Cheyenne, Wyo., continued his hot streak, posting a score of 85.
    None of the opening bull-riding competitors could top J.W. Harris of May, Texas who paced the field with a 90.
    The steer-wrestlers came up next and Pueblo, Colo.'s Josh Peek wrestled his way to a time of 3.8 seconds, which bested Ryan Jarrett of Summerville, Ga. who earned a 3.9. Peek's time was more than a second faster than his previous mark of 4.9.
    Three Kansas products saddled up from the bareback bronc-riding battle, including Scotty Harman of Norcatur and brothers Jared and Bo Keylon of Fort Scott. But none of them could out-ride Zach Dishman who had the best first-day score of 81.
    Twenty-four-year-old Ford native Brett Olive gave the Dodge crowd a reason to cheer as he grabbed 81 points in saddle bronc-riding.
    "It's wonderful," Olive said of being able to perform so close to home. "It’s my first time here being in the rodeo. I can't explain how I feel right now."
    Olive's five years of experience wasn't enough to win, however, as brothers Alex and Cody Wright tied for an 82, the best score of the night.
    The guys took a backseat, at least for a minute, as Sydni Blachard and the rest of the ladies of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association hit the mud for the barrel-racing competition. Blachard, a native of Albuquerque, N.M. paced all riders with a time of 18.02.
    To wrap up the night, the bull riders came back out for the second section of the event and Gillette, Wyo.'s Bobby Loren Welsh grabbed the best score of day one with an 88.
    Day two of the PRCA action continues tonight at Dodge City Roundup Arena at 7:45 p.m.