BY LEANN DILBECK –
The Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association invites all cowboys and cowgirls of any age to one of the county’s largest events – the 2014 Polk County Professional Championship Rodeo – this weekend at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the fairgrounds. For over 60 years, the event has attracted thousands delivering action-packed, high-octane, family entertainment and according to Wendy Strother, this year will deliver all that plus a touch of pink!
There will be a 50/50 cash pot fundraiser each night to help raise money for both cancer research and needed repairs at the rodeo arena. The $1 chance tickets for this fundraising event will be available at the gate nightly and the winner will receive a 50/50 split. Proceeds from Thursday and Saturday night sales will be for much needed repairs to rodeo facilities but Friday night sales will go to the American Cancer Society through the Polk County Relay for Life. Friday night is also being billed as “Tough enough to wear pink night” where contestants and spectators are encouraged to wear pink to showing their support for cancer awareness.
Both the fair and rodeo parade have been combined into one for this year, which will be held Saturday, August 9, at 4 p.m.
Advance tickets are available until Thursday at Union Bank, Polk County Farmers, Food Fast, Country Express, First National Bank in Mena, TJ’s in Hatfield and at Scotty’s Convenience Store in Cove. Tickets at the gate will be $6 for adults and $4 for children 6-12, under 6 are free. Senior citizen night is Thursday with all seniors admitted for $3. For more event information, click [HERE]!
Local country and western band, Polk 74, will be performing after the last bull bucks Saturday night in the air-conditioned commercial building. Strother said it is a family friendly event for all ages.