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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Two-day rodeo on tap

  • Crowder College will introduce their newly named Roughrider Arena to the area with a two-day rodeo expected to draw participants from across the country.
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  • Crowder College will introduce their newly named Roughrider Arena to the area with a two-day rodeo expected to draw participants from across the country.
    Roughrider Arena, formerly the Ozark Saddle Club, was recently acquired by Crowder College, and will be the site of the first Crowder College Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo, set for Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17.
    Most of the proceeds from the event are set to go toward student scholarships.
    "It is a way for the college to raise money but the funds are going to be tagged mainly for scholarships," said rodeo promoter Eric Norris. "With them just taking over the arena, there will be a very small percentage that might have to go back into the arena just for upkeep and maintenance, but the majority of it will go to the creation of agriculture scholarships for Crowder students."
    Norris said two sanctioning bodies will be represented at the professional rodeo: the American Rodeo Cowboys Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association.
    There will also be several local participants, he said.
    "We could see cowboys from all over the Midwest, we could see some cowboys come out of Canada," Norris said. "The IPRA has cowboys all over the nation. We really never know who's going to come but I do know we're going to have a great local showing."
    Norris said the event is intended as a way to introduce the new Roughrider Arena to the four-state area, while also benefiting Crowder College students.
    "Crowder saw an opportunity to get the arena and with really the focus of making it an asset, not just for the college to further their agriculture division, but also to revive it into an asset for Neosho and really the whole four-state area," Norris said. "I think this rodeo is really the major kick-off event to introduce the arena back to Neosho."
    Norris said the title sponsor for the event is Indigo Sky Casino, though several area businesses have pitched in to make the event possible.
    The rodeo will also include special events, such as a youth mutton busting and a youth calf scramble.
    There will also be additional entertainment and vendors on site.
    Norris said organizers hope to make the rodeo an annual event.
    "I think there's a good buzz about the rodeo and I think we'll see a good crowd both nights," Norris said. "This is the first of hopefully many, many more to come."
    Pre-event tickets are on sale until the day of the event and go for $8 for adults and $4 for children and students. Tickets can be picked up at the Crowder College Bookstore, Eric Norris State Farm Insurance Agency and First Community Bank in Neosho and Goodman.
    Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event, with a $10 charge for adults and $5 for students and children.
    Page 2 of 2 - The gates will open at 6 p.m. both nights.
    For more information, contact Norris at 489-0467 or Karen Fink, of Crowder College, at 455-5718.

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