The first performance of the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo was held Thursday night at the rodeo area in Altus. It was Military Appreciation Night, and a barbecue dinner was held before the event for all military and dependent rodeo ticket holders (see photos on page 8 of today’s edition). The event was sponsored by the Altus Military Affairs Committee.
Military personnel also competed in a ten-person-team tug-o-war tournament. The event was sponsored by Jackson County Memorial Hospital and the Altus Military Affairs Committee. The 58th Air Lift Squadron (red shirts) won the tug-o-war.
There was a presentation of longhorns before the rodeo action began. If you missed seeing them at the cattle drive or during the presentation at the rodeo, look for them in Saturday’s Rodeo Parade. The parade 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. (see photos from Thursday’s cattle drive on page 4 of today’s edition). More photos from this weekend’s rodeo action will be in the Sunday, Aug. 23 edition.
In rodeo action, winning the bareback riding event was David Clapp, of Columbia, Mo., with a time of 6.7. The event was sponsored by KWHW and Willischild Oil and Gas.
Steer wrestling, sponsored by Coors and SW Sales, was won by Grady Payne, of Haslet, Texas, with a time of 4.6.
The Tie Down Roping event, sponsored by Days Inn, was won by Tye Thompson, of Breckenridge, Texas, with a time of 10.9.
KHOWL sponsored the Saddle Bronc Riding event. Cobyn Williams won the event with a time of 6.7.
In Team Roping, sponsored by Gallagher Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the team of Tyler Mathew Milligan of Pawhaska and Buddy Hawkins won with a time of 6.2.
Barrell Racing, sponsored by Tanya’s Skin Essentials, was won by Gretchen Benbenek, of Aubrey, Texas, with a time of 17.5.
None of the bull riders make the 8-second requirement. The event, sponsored by Stockmans Bank and Putnam Toyota, has eight participants.
Tonight’s rodeo performance is designated as Family Night, and Saturday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”. Saturday is also the finale, and when this year’s GPSR Queen and Princess will be crowned.
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