Blue Boot Rodeo Looks Forward to Highly Anticipated Annual Event | Announcements

The preparations have been made.

A huge team of volunteers was formed. A schedule was created for an amazing weekend of fun.

Now all we can do is hope for the cooperation of Mother Nature and good weather.

The Blue Boot Rodeo takes place this weekend on Grand Isle—always one of the most anticipated rodeos of the summer in the Bayou Region.

This year’s rodeo will begin on July 11 and last until July 13.

Rodeo Chairman Corey Hebert said ticket sales are up, rodeo sponsorships are growing and he wants the entire community to know that this year’s event will be a great weekend full of family fun.

“We are a family event. We want to create an event that everyone can come to and have a good time,” Hebert said. “We have a lot of events planned. We have a great team and amazing community support. We can’t wait to get to the island and hope there will be an amazing turnout and another great event.”

Rodeo Blue Boot supports Riley John’s Blue Boot Foundation, a non-profit organization created after the tragic drowning of 2-year-old Riley John Bourgeois, son of Nicole and Darby Bourgeois.

Childhood drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, and the Bourgeois family and Blue Boot work tirelessly to spread their message. The rodeo is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds going back into the community in the form of scholarships, but also to educate local adults and children about drowning prevention and water safety.

The well-known slogan that has guided the Blue Boot team from the beginning is that their efforts will be worth it if through their work they manage to “save at least one life.”

But since the rodeo and the foundation began, they have done so much more. The life preservers the foundation has purchased on Grand Isle have saved countless lives, and the education and life jacket arming efforts have certainly had a positive effect.

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“It’s amazing to see that,” Hebert said. “We’re very proud to say we made a difference.”

At Rodeo 2024, everyone will have the opportunity to have a great time.

On Thursday, fishing will begin at safe light, with anglers taking to the water to catch fish in a variety of categories, both inshore and offshore.

The fun will start again on Friday when the scales open from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., but there will be plenty of fun to be had throughout the day in the pavilion, which will be open from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. The kids’ area will also be open from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. that day.

From 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., a cornhole tournament — an annual tradition at the rodeo — will be held under the pavilion.

There will also be a live music concert on Friday: DJ Kegg will perform from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Russ Cheramie from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and The Chase Tyler Band from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

In the meantime, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy food from The Cajun Ninja. He will be present and serving pastalaya.

On Saturday, the action will start at 9:30 a.m., when the pavilion and children’s zone will be opened.

At 10:30 a.m., the event will once again feature Bingo & Mimosas, one of the most popular attractions at the Saturday afternoon rodeo.

On Saturday, the scales will be open from 12:00 to 16:00. There will be music and fun throughout the day.

DJ Kegg returns from 12:00-13:30, Jake Duet performs from 13:30-15:00, and Ruff ‘N Ready performs from 15:00-18:00

Rodeo awards will be presented to the winners in each fishing category from 6:15-7:00 p.m., and an auction to benefit the event will be held from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

When this is over, rodeo fans will be able to dance the night away, with Shorts performing from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. in December.

Food and drinks will be available throughout the weekend.

Hebert said the support the rodeo has received in its short history has been incredible. He said he and the Blue Boot team believe the 2024 event has a chance to be the best event ever. And that means a lot, because past rodeos have been some of the best events of the year.