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Ticket sales for the 24th annual Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo rounded up to a total of about $12,000, making it a bigger event than last year.
From the presence of Miss Rodeo America, Chenea Shiner, and several specialty acts to the bucking bulls being of excellent stock, organizers are happy with the results of all the hard work that went into the event. It was held Friday and Saturday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.
“It went great and there were a lot of comments about our rodeo,” said Barbara Davis, organizer. “A couple from Ardmore said it was better than the rodeo they have and a couple from Altus said the same thing and that they were glad they came.”
There ended up being 274 contestants with the two biggest categories being barrel racing with 74 entrants and bull riding with 40 contestants. Total payoff between all the winners for the rodeo amounted to $23,251.
Davis said trick rider Dusta Kimzey was a big hit, along with Miss Rodeo America, who signed autographs after the rodeo Friday and Saturday nights.
“They thought she was wonderful,” said Davis. “The rodeo was a lot bigger than last year and I think a lot of that was because of Miss Rodeo America and the other visiting queens.”
The 2013 Stampede Queen, Sweetheart and Princess were also announced during the event.
Next year will be the rodeo’s 25th anniversary and Davis said they are looking forward to the plans for the event.
“We are really looking forward to making it a big and special deal,” she said.