Cattle drive held on Thursday

by Michael Bush -

Dozens of longhorn cattle were driven on Altus Air Force Base Thursday ahead of the first night of this year’s Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. The 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Todd Hohn, along with other base leadership and rodeo team members, led the longhorn cattle on a three-mile drive on the installation, a tradition that started Aug. 26, 1999.

The 37th annual rodeo begins each night at 8 p.m., with last night being Military Night. A free barbecue dinner was held at the arena for all military and dependent rodeo ticket holders. Military personnel also competed in a ten-person-team tug-o-war tournament. Friday, Aug. 21 is designated as Family Night, and Saturday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” and the finale.

If you missed Thursday’s cattle drive, the GPSR Parade will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22. Lineup will be at noon at Bradford and Grady, with the parade heading south down Main Street, and then back to the Rodeo Arena on E. Broadway.

Advance ticket prices for the rodeo are $8 for adults and $5 for kids, or $10 at the gate for children or adults. Advance tickets can be purchased from any Queen or Princess contestant. Box seats are $12 advance or $15 at the gate.

Rodeo events will include Bull Riding, Barrell Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Tie Down Calf Roping, and Steer Roping.

For more information, contact Chris Cary at 580-471-8832.

by Michael Bush

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