First rodeo is a rousing success

Buechler Farms would like to host another, as well as different events

A BULL RIDER was thrown from his animal at Buechler Farms’ first rodeo in Belgium on Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press Staff

Saturday was the Buechler Farms first rodeo, but it didn’t look like it.

Irene Buechler, who owns the Belgium business with her husband Brian, said she received countless compliments on the event.

“It was everything we had hoped it would be and then more,” she said.

More than 1,800 people attended the rodeo and another 700 came to see country band Rebel Grace at night.

It seems the Belgium area was just waiting for an event like this.

“We almost sold out of tickets online before the event even started,” Irene said.

That, she was told by Rice Bull Riding Co., never happens. The company began telling its regular followers to buy tickets early since they wouldn’t be available at the door.

Buechler said they actually had to turn people away.

The event almost sold out of food, and the ATM ran out of money.

Although weather forecasts called for excessive heat and rain, neither rang true.

“Somebody was looking out for us that day,” Buechler said.

She thanked the 35 to 40 volunteers who helped make the event a smooth operation.

Rice and Rebel Grace told the Buechlers they would be happy to come back, and the feeling is mutual.

“We would definitely do it again,” Buechler said. “We look forward to doing other events. This was kind of our kickstart to expose ourself to everybody.”

On Sunday, Buechler Farms will host a barn wedding open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Buechlers recently renovated their property to hold events such as barn weddings and rodeos. They still run their 90-head beef cattle business on the farm.

They received a conditional use permit from the village for events and had an ordinance changed so they wouldn’t have to pave their long driveway, which would have been cost prohibitive. The business is the only parcel zoned agricultural in the village.



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