Puyallup PRCA Rodeo Kicks Off Puyallup Fair Sept. 8 – 10;

with Western Underground Performing after Opening Night Rodeo

Tickets Go On Sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 20 at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers

Puyallup, WA, April 14, 2006 – There’s no doubt that the bulls, the dust and the mud will generate edge-of-your-seat excitement at the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Summer Tour at the Puyallup PRCA Rodeo, Sept, 8, 9 and 10, 2006. The opening night rodeo will conclude with a special performance from the late Chris LeDoux’s band, Western Underground. In total, five rodeo performances are packed into three high-action days of exceptional feats.

The opening night rodeo starts at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by country band, Western Underground. Tickets sell for $23.50 for general reserved seating, or $28.50 for Golden Saddle reserved premium seating. Other rodeo dates are $17.50 for general reserved seating, or $22.50 for Golden Saddle premium reserved seating. Season tickets for all five rodeo performances with the same premium seating is only $75. The rodeo only will be held on Friday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.; at 1 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, Sept. 9; and the finals will be at 1 pm on Sunday, Sept. 10. All seats are reserved, and include Fair admission. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers on Thursday, April 20 at 10 am.

World champion cowboys and cowgirls will make the dust fly and the mud splatter as they complete to win at the Puyallup PRCA Rodeo, part of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Summer Tour. Joe Baumgartner, selected for 13 consecutive years a National Rodeo Finals bullfighter, will distract the bulls, but also gain the audience’s attention with his painted face, and daring stunts. He will be joined by Keith Isley, barrellman/rodeo clown, who is also a six-time PRCA Specialty Act of the Year.

Miss Rodeo Washington 2006, Jessica West of Yacolt will also make an appearance. The rodeo will be highlighted play-by-play by award-winning and nationally-recognized rodeo announcers, Randy Corley and Hadley Barrett. The rodeo will be aired on Fox Sports in September.

Chris LeDoux, World Champion Bareback Bronc Rider and country music sensation who gave several Puyallup Fair performances, started Western Underground prior to his untimely death in 2005. In losing Chris, Western Underground has had to create their own identity, while paying tribute to their longtime boss, mentor and friend. Filled with LeDoux’s powerful and energetic music, the show reaches out to fans and gathers everyone in for a night of great sounds, good memories, and a glimpse of the future.

“We wanted to do mostly Dad’s songs for the first year or so”, said Ned LeDoux, one of two drummers with the band, “but still give the audience a taste of our own music too.” Country singer Dustin Evans was invited into the band to cover the majority of the vocal work, bringing with him some great songs, an incredible voice, and a charismatic stage presence all his own. Keyboard player Bobby Jensen and guitarist Mark Sissel have been with the band since its inception, along with longtime drummer KW Turnbow and bassist Lyle Evans, together create the powerful sound of Western Underground.

Carrying on the traditions and values that Chris was all about is key to Western Underground’s approach to performances. Always giving the fans what they’re used to, while inviting them along on a new adventure. Visit www.westernunderground.com.