It’s time once again for the annual Great Plains Stampede Rodeo and Western Heritage Week in Altus. Activities include a nightly rodeo this Thursday Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 22, as well as a cattle drive and parade.
The 37th annual rodeo begins each night at 8 p.m., with the Thursday Military Night. A free barbecue dinner held at 6 p.m. at the arena for all military and dependent rodeo ticket holders. Military personnel will also compete 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.
Advance ticket prices 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.
The kick-off event during Western Heritage Week will be the Altus Air Force Base Cattle Drive. Dozens of longhorn cattle will be driven from the Rodeo Arena to Altus Air Force north on Veteran’s Drive at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
The 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Todd Hohn, along with other base leadership and rodeo team members, will lead more than 30 longhorn cattle on a three-mile drive on the installation, a tradition that started Aug. 26, 1999. The Cattle Drive is held in conjunction with the 37th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. .
Thursday will be Military Appreciation Night at the rodeo, with a free barbecue dinner held at 6 p.m. at the arena for all military and dependent rodeo ticket holders. Military personnel will also compete in a ten-person-team tug-o-war tournament.
For more information please call the 97th AMW Public Affairs office at 481-7700.
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.
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.