BY LEANN DILBECK –
The 60th Annual Polk County Professional Championship Rodeo kicks off this week beginning on Thursday (August 8) night and running through Saturday (August 9) night at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds.
This year’s rodeo is once again produced by Wing Rodeo, Co. out of Bogata, Texas.
The local Shadowriders Equestrian Drill Team will be featured on Thursday night and then a drill team from Texarkana will perform their precision riding skills on Friday and Saturday night of the event.
Always a crowd pleaser are the rodeo clowns and this year Joey Hackett from Texarkana, Texas will be providing laughs all the while protecting cowboys.
The popular “handicapable” rodeo event will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday morning and approximately 100 athletes are expected to compete in various events.
For the younger cowgirls and cowboys, Muttin’ Bustin’ will be held nightly at 7:30 for children 60 lbs. and under. There is a $10 fee. Junior barrel racing competition will also be available for those 17 and under. Also, nightly will be two divisions of Calf Scrambles, 6 and under and then the older division for ages 7 to 12. $30 prize money available for those.
Wendy Strother also encouraged everyone to come early and shop a number of vendors that will be available on site offering a variety of western wear, boots, and tack. She added there will also be a bucking machine for entertainment.
Continuing efforts to raise money to replace additional bleachers, $1 chances to win a hand-made knife will be available. Winner will be drawn on Saturday night.
Nine are competing to become rodeo royalty. (See the photo gallery.) They will be crowned on Saturday evening.
Admission at the gate for adults is $6, children 6-12 is $4, and children age 5 and under are FREE. Advance tickets are available at Union Bank of Mena, Spanky’s, Polk County Farmers, Kess’ Korner, Food Fast, Country Express, First National Bank, and Scotty’s Convenience Store.