This year’s Duncan Noon Lions Club Open Rodeo might have been the most successful of the 33 years to annual fundraiser has taken place.
In fact, event chairman Joe Henderson said the turnout was above average, having close to 3,000 over the course of the three-night event. And as a fundraiser for the Duncan Noon Lions Club organization, the rodeo brought in more money than last year, although Henderson said the club doesn’t usually reveal the total amount raised.
“We doubled what was done last year,” Henderson said.
Tickets for the event were sold by three rodeo ambassadors (Tristen Spivey, Kevin Womack and Fallon Warren). Of the three, Spivey raised the most money and was announced as the winner during the opening ceremony.
Henderson said there was a lot of interest in this year’s event. In fact, there were 600 contestants during the weekend event. Many of the contestants and the spectators were from out of town.
He started fielding calls well before the event, receiving numerous calls from more than 50 miles away. Some of the calls were from people wanting to compete, while others were asking about being spectators. He said there were seven people from Ohio who took a vacation to be at the rodeo.
“There was a lot of interest this year,” Henderson said. “It was very, very successful.”
While money raised through tickets sales went back into the Duncan Noon Lions Club, another organization benefited from concession sales. For every hamburger sold, $1 went toward the Food for Kids program.
Henderson said the Duncan Lions haven’t worked up the numbers for concession sales, but said the Food for Kids program will benefit nicely from those sales.
“I know it will be well over $1,000,” Henderson said.
He said concession sales, like ticket sales, were well above what the Lions Club had expected.
“We sold out of hamburgers this year,” Henderson said. “They’re usually pretty good at estimating how many they’ll need. They sold more than they expected. I guess the crowd a bit hungrier, a bit thirstier this year.”