Northern Minnesota circuit is based out of Greenbush, has many riders from the area.

    Crookston’s fledgling “Sports Tourism” initiative launched earlier this year has nailed down its first event, with the goal of getting people to come to Crookston over a weekend and stay in local lodging facilities.

    Wojo’s Rodeo Circuit will be adding Crookston to their current Minnesota circuit with a two-day rodeo scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. in Central Park. Wojo’s Rodeo, based out of Greenbush, Minn., met with the recently formed Sports Tourism Collaboration last week.

    Wojo's Rodeo is a northern Minnesota circuit which consists of local talent from several area communities.Their rodeos include riders of all ages and they focus on a family-friendly rodeo experience. Wojo’s Rodeo is owned by Keith and Dana Wojciechowski, and local rodeo circuit card holders consist of Travis and Kristen Schwarz, Chris and Stacey Dufault, and Casey and Laura Wangen.

    The Sports Tourism Collaboration is being led by the Crookston Convention & Visitors Bureau and Crookston Parks & Recreation Department, with representation from the local lodging and business community as well as stakeholders in various local clubs, sports and other activities. The goal is to increase overnight stays at Crookston hotels and motels, especially during weekends when the event schedule is a little light.

    When the new initiative was pitched to the Crookston City Council last month, Crookston Inn & Convention Center owners Todd and Nicole Jacobson, who attended the council’s Ways & Means Committee, implored local officials and leaders to do something to boost occupancy in local lodging facilities. Citing a decrease in local youth hockey tournaments as the primary factor, Todd Jacobson said if their business remained on its current downward revenue trend, they’d likely be closed within a year.