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.