Thursday, April 17, 2008
Northwest hosting rodeo Thursday-Saturday
Area high school students will get in on the action when Northwest Community College hosts the Ozark Region, Intercollegiate Rodeo Association event at the Multipurpose Livestock Arena April 17-19.
Besides the college athletes competing in the rodeo, high schools will be competing in the calf scramble set for Thursday and Friday night.
“It will be Senatobia vs. Independence on Thursday night and Magnolia Heights vs. Strayhorn on Friday night,” said Dolores Wooten, manager of Alumni Affairs for the college and organizer of the rodeo.
“In this event students compete with one another to catch, halter and coax across the winner’s line, one of the calves in the arena. The winners receives a championship plaque to take back to their school.”
Thursday night will be Northwest Night, and students will be admitted free with a student I.D. That performance begins at 7 p.m.
The action continues through Saturday night as cowboys compete in saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Team roping is for men and women. The cowgirls compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at the Tate County Co-op and the Northwest Alumni Office. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10. Children under six are admitted free.
For more information on the Northwest Rodeo, contact Wooten at (560)1105 or Northwest Rodeo Coach Lawrence “Bud” Young, at (662) 562-3430.
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