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Rodeo returns to Neosho thanks to Crowder College

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After nearly a year of planning and renovations...Crowder college turns the old saddle club arena into the home of first ever Roughrider Rodeo.

The rodeo has returned to Neosho, and judging by the number of lively participants, it's here to stay.

"You can go to these little towns like this and there can be 2500 to 4,000 people to in the stands and you make a good ride...you get cold chills just because of the adrenaline you got, and plus the crowd in so awe at what you're doing...and its what we ride for." says Organizer Steven Gussert from G. Money Rodeo Company.

Bull riders, cowboys and clowns from all over the region came together at the recently renovated Crowder college rough rider arena for the first rodeo to be held by the college, and participants are pleased.

"Crowder has done an excellent job. I've been in communications with them for the past two months and they've really gone beyond what most rodeo committees do as far as putting on rodeos." says Rodeo Clown, Michael "Goobie" Smith.

The Crowder College Agricultural Department began planning for the rodeo nearly a year ago. It's giving students a chance to  meet each other, and  agricultural students will use the arena to  get  hands on experience with animals.

"Trying to make sure everybody knows there's a rodeo in town . It's been probably 10 or 12 years since we've had a rodeo here" Gussert says.

The two night event has brought in thousands of people--and with the student population back in the area...the best time to plan for next year is now.

"You've got guys coming back and coming back and this is going to be a good rodeo for a long time." says steer wrestler, Josh Hammer.

The proceeds from the weekends rodeo will go to a scholarship for a Crowder college student.

 

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