In rodeo, the "big production number" comes at the start of the show. The idea is to build excitement and put the crowd in a festive mood for the rest of the performance.
The "grand entry" or opening ceremony — in contrast to the "grand finale" of theater and movie musicals — includes a cast of hundreds of men and women performing choreographed routines on horseback, with a stirring musical accompaniment and dramatic narration by the rodeo announcer.
This year, the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee is planning a special opening ceremony for the performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 1 p.m. Nov. 11.
"We will adapt our traditional Western patriotic theme to current and recent events," explained Curt Rutherford, committee member.
"We'll honor the memory to the victims of Sept. 11 and pay tribute to the heroes, not only in New York, but also our local firefighters and rescue agencies.