The annual Duncan Noon Lions Club Rodeo simultaneously respects its 34-year tradition and celebrates new contributions.
The Duncan Noon Lions Club Rodeo Ambassador title was passed from Tristan Spivey to Briana Blevins after Spivey and her horse took their final lap around the Claud Gill arena of the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center last night.
Rodeo Chairman Joe Henderson said the rodeo ambassador, awarded based on who sells the most tickets, receives a trailer and gift certificates.
Another such contribution is from the child attendees, who raised around $1,000-- $100 more than last year-- for Food for Kids during the $1 corn dog promotion this year.
Henderson said 70 children received free tickets for last night’s show for buying corn dogs Friday night.
He estimated there were more than 1,200 spectators for Thursday night’s show and it was standing-room only for Friday night’s show.
“Having two nights of rodeo with nothing going wrong is remarkable in itself,” Henderson said.
Lions Club member Gerald Leach maintained his tradition of popping popcorn for hungry rodeo fans this year, but Charles Turney, among the longest-standing Lions Club members, had to give up his nacho-serving role for health reasons.
Ronnie Suitor of Duncan went to Saturday night’s show to enjoy the bull riding and bronc riding events, as he has 50 or 60 other times.
“I like the people watching and watching them try to perform well,” Suitor said.