The 64 year tradition continues as the Polk County Rodeo kicks off this week!
The Rodeo and Fair parade will be held jointly this year and will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, August 10, in downtown Mena.
The ever popular Handicapable Rodeo will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, at the Andy Risenhoover Arena in the Polk County Fairgrounds. Organizer Wendy Strother said the event is FREE and everyone is encouraged to come out and support these athletes.
The rodeo’s first night of action will be Thursday night. Strother encouraged everyone to bring lawnchairs, explaining that one new set of bleachers has been installed on the east side. However, the severely dilapidated bleachers had to be removed on the west side for safety concerns. “We’ve got a small set of bleachers there but we still encourage everyone to bring their lawnchairs.” Strother went on to explain that the Fair & Rodeo Association is working to raise the $50,000 to replace the bleachers like the east side and said that was just another reason for everyone to come out and support the fair and rodeo this year!
[ABOVE] Father and son team roping duo, George and Stran Strother of Ink, Ark., are among the cowboys and cowgirls expected to compete this weekend.