Tomorrow is the first day of the 34th annual Great Plains Stampede PRCA Rodeo. There will be nightly performances through Saturday, Aug. 24 during this, Western Heritage Week, in Altus.Events planned include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, miniature bull riding, and more.
The first event during rodeo week will be a longhorn cattle drive through Altus Air Force Base starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Thursday is also Military Night at the GPS Rodeo, which includes a barbecue meal provided by the Military Affairs Committee with the purchase of a rodeo ticket. The meal will be served at 6 p.m.The Military Tug-of-War competition will be held in the rodeo arena at 7:15 p.m. Opening Ceremonies start at 7:45 p.m.
Rodeo performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m. in the rodeo arena located on S. Veterans Drive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can get your tickets from any queen or princess contestant or at the GPSRA Rodeo Arena ticket booth nightly, Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Aug. 5- 20. Advance tickets are $12 Box Seats, $8 General Admission, $5 for 6-10 years old (Advance Only) and 5 & under is free. For tickets contact: Haley Bryce at 580-481-0398, Caylee Childs at 580-481-0265, Hannah Houck at 580-471-2240 or Susan Franco at 904-887-4746.
The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council’s annual Giddy Up Gala barbecue dinner and concert will be held Friday, Aug. 23 at the Jackson County Expo Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end in time for everyone to attend the rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce, 482-0210, or by calling the SAHC office at 477-1616 and leaving a message requesting tickets.
Friday Night at the rodeo is Family Night, with gates opening at 6 p.m., and the Elementary School Tug-of-War competition being held in the arena at 7:15 p.m. Opening Ceremonies start at 7:45 p.m. A Calf Scramble will be held during the night’s performance.
On Saturday, there will be Rodeo Parade down Main Street, to Broadway, and then back to the Rodeo Arena. Line-up is at 11 a.m. at Bradford and Grady Streets, and the parade starts at 12 noon. The parade route will be from Bradford and Main south to Broadway, and then east to the rodeo arena. This year’s rodeo parade theme is “Clownin’ Around.”
It will be “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night a the Rodeo on Saturday night. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Saturday is also the night for the Queen’s Coronation. Gates open at 6 p.m., and Opening Ceremonies start at 7:45 p.m.
This year, there will also be a carnival on the premises each night during, and after, the rodeo.
For more information on the rodeo, visit their website at: www.greatplainsstampederodeo.com