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June 22, 2014

The bulls are ready for Noon Lions Club Rodeo

MARLOW —  Dwight Frick’s livestock have left their hoofprints around the world, but their longest-standing tradition is rooted in  Duncan.

Several thousand bulls have passed through Frick’s hands over the years, and his involvement with the Duncan Noon Lion’s Club Open Rodeo is almost as old  as the rodeo itself.

Frick has been the stock contractor  for 33 of the rodeo’s 34 years. This year’s event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center and continue through Saturday.

“I have to get everything there and have a good crew,” Frick said. “We work with bulls all the time to school and coach them to leave the arena.”

This year, he will provide about  20 bulls and 15 horses to the rodeo.

Frick brings consistently reliable and quality stock to the rodeo, Rodeo Chairman Joe Henderson said.  Frick was named the American Bucking Bull, Inc., Breeder of the Year last year for his former bull, The Rocker, which won the ABBI Classic Title during the ABBI World Finals last year.

“You’re always searching to find the right bull,” he said.

Frick grew up in the Rush Springs area in a farming family and now lives in Marlow.

Henderson has been the local rodeo chairman for 28 years and member of the Noon Lion’s Club for 30 years.

He said he’s had a good working relationship with Frick.

Despite being an open rodeo, the  Lions event draws professional contestants and more contestants than any other open rodeo in the state, he said.

“The rodeo has a $100,000-150,000 economic impact for the community. By the time people eat and feed their animals, we draw a pretty good surrounding area crowd,” Henderson said.

Henderson calls the annual event a “lawnchair rodeo.” While there are bleachers available, families are encouraged to sit wherever they want, let their kids play in the dirt and have a good time, he said.

“I enjoy putting them on and knowing I was involved in a good one,” Henderson said. “Every single rodeo, there’s something that stands out.”

Proceeds from the rodeo support the Lions Club eyeglass program, its scholarship fund and the Boy Scouts.

Tickets are $8 at the gate for adults and $3 for children between the ages of four and 12.

On Thursday night, admission is only $10 for a family.

 

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