NEWS RELEASE FROM THE NEOSHO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
1st Annual Crowder College RoughriderScholarship Rodeo
Raises Funds to Provide Scholarships
Crowder College is pleased to announce the 1stAnnual Crowder College Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo held at their newlyacquired Roughrider Arena, formerly the Ozark Saddle Club. This familyfriendly event is open to the public and will be held on Friday and Saturday,August 16th and 17th, at 8:00 p.m. nightly.
Crowder College is currently celebrating its 50thyear of providing the students in the Four State Area excellent educationalopportunities. The funds raised through this event will be used to providescholarships for prospective students. Karen Fink, Rodeo Committee Member andCrowder Agriculture Department Administrate Assistant, says, "Crowder hasacquired the arena to advance the Agriculture Division at CrowderCollege. The Rodeo will be one of many events held at the facilities toexpand the knowledge of agriculture. This rodeo will be used to involvethe community and students in an event showcasing cowboys, cowgirls andlivestock."
Indigo Sky Casino is the Title Sponsor for the event alongwith numerous local businesses that have joined forces with Crowder to makethis rodeo a success. "We are very pleased to have Indigo Sky Casino joinus as the title sponsor for our first year of the rodeo. Indigo Sky is amajor asset to our area's economy and they are always great contributors to localcauses," says Rodeo Promoter, Eric Norris.
The event will attract the topperformers of the American Cowboys Rodeo Association and the InternationalProfessional Rodeo Association with participants competing for prize money inbareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, calfroping, cowgirls' break-a-way roping, cowgirls' barrel racing, and bullriding. Depending on their placement in each event, their standing may helpthem qualify for each association's year end finals competition. Youth andlocal permits are welcomed to enter. "This event will bring a great mix of ourbest local talent and top ranked rodeo contestants from all over the Mid-West",says Norris.
Special events will include a youth muttonbustin' and a youth calf scramble.
Special Entertainment for the Rodeo will beprovided by 2012 ACRA and CPRA Entertainer of the Year Michael "Goobie" Smithfrom Springdale, AR. Top quality rodeo stock will be provided by Steve Gussertwith G Money Rodeo Co. from Haskel, OK. G Money Rodeo was awarded the 2012Bareback Bucking Horse of the Year Award. "Crowder is committed to makingthis rodeo a long standing, top quality rodeo, and the first step in doing thatis to partner with the best. That is why we chose Goobie and G Money. Their honorsspeak for themselves." says Norris.
Pre-event tickets will be on Sale July 1st:Adults $8, Students/Children $4. Tickets can be purchased at the CrowderCollege Bookstore, Eric Norris State Farm Insurance Agency, and First CommunityBank locations in Neosho and Goodman. Day of event tickets will beavailable for $10/$5. Gates will open at 6:00 nightly. Spectators areencouraged to come early to browse the local venders' booths and to takeadvantage of the full menu of concessions including a roasted chicken dinnerprovided by the Crowder Agriculture Department.
"This action packed night of entertainment willbe something that you won't want to miss! Rodeo is deep in tradition and hasalways been a great way to spend time with family and friends. Rodeo truly hassomething for everyone. Weare looking forward to this being an annual event. This will keep thecommunity involved with the College and allow us to intensify the event as thepopularity of the rodeo grows." says Fink.
For more details about the arena, rodeo orsponsorships please call the Rodeo Offices at 417-489-0467 or 417- 455-5718,and be sure to visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roughriderrodeo.
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