Local benefit set to raise funds to establish scholarship in honor of late bull rider

The inaugural Rowdy Swanson Memorial Bull Riding event will tale place at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2021, at the Claude Gill Arena in Duncan.  Jarrel Swanson, father of the late Rowdy Swanson, said all proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment set up at Oklahoma State University in Rowdy’s honor. 

Rodeos, bull riding and education will give the community an opportunity to support a scholarship fund in honor of Rowdy Swanson.

The inaugural Rowdy Swanson Memorial Bull Riding event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2021, at the Claude Gill Arena in Duncan.  

Jarrel Swanson, father of the late Rowdy Swanson, said all proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment set up at Oklahoma State University in Rowdy’s honor. 

Swanson said his son, Rowdy, was “a Duncan cowboy who was killed in a bull riding accident at a PRCA rodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas on Sept. 17, 2020.”

Swanson said his son was a member of the OSU Rodeo Team.

“It is going to be a great event with lots of things for people to enjoy and all proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma State University Rodeo Team in recruiting new team members with the scholarship,” Swanson said. 

The fundraising event will feature, a Bullet and the Spirit Riders meet and greet, as well as Cody Newby’s acoustic music.

The event will have a concession stand, silent auction and vendors available.

Advanced tickets are $5 at Crutchers in Duncan and Lawton, and $7 at the gate.

The Stephens County Fair and Expo Center’s outdoor arena is located at 2002 S. 13th Street in Duncan. For more information contact 580-467-5468.

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