July 21–22, July 28–29, and August 4–5
by Melanie Jongsma
BEECHER, Ill. (July 4, 2018) – For six years, Three Roosters produce store has been the beer vendor at Campeonato Estatal Charro, the state championship Mexican rodeo held annually at Rancho el Consuelo. Store Manager Daisy Herrera will be serving beer and michelada, a beer-based cocktail made with chile and other spices.
It is Herrera’s uncle, Ernesto Acevedo, who owns Three Roosters, and he competes in the rodeo as a member of a team called Camperos de Beecher. Acevedo’s son Ricardo also competes.
Typical Mexican rodeo events include Cala de Caballo (horse reining), Jineteo de Toro (bull riding), and Terna en el Ruedo (team roping). The Acevedos compete in cow tipping.
Much like NASCAR, Mexican rodeo is its own culture with its own traditions, costumes, terminology, and celebrities. For people who are interested in experiencing it this summer, Herrera explains that the first weekend, July 21 and 22, will be the least crowded and may offer the best opportunity to walk around and get a sense of the event. Because the championship is a tournament, the competition intensifies each weekend, and the crowds intensify as well.
Rancho el Consuelo is located at 744 Church Road in Beecher. Doors open at 10:00am every day of the state championship. Call 708-913-7591 for more information.