Starting as early as the Senior Pro Rodeo later this month, the Ravalli County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena will be sporting a new look above the bucking chutes.

The old announcers' booth has been torn down. In its place is a new announcer's room, surrounded by four "premium seating" skyboxes. Those in the new seats will be right above the bucking chutes and will get that "up close and personal" view of the bull riding and bucking horse competition.

Money for the improvements came from such fundraisers as this past winter's Cowboy Ball.

This photo was taken Friday, June 7. The work is proceeding rapidly and we'll have an updated photo by the middle of next week.