Noon Lions rodeo kicks off

The largest outdoor rodeo in southern Oklahoma, hosted by the Duncan Noon Lions Club, will take over the Claud Gill Arena at 7:30 p.m. June 27-29, just south of the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

The largest outdoor rodeo in southern Oklahoma, hosted by the Duncan Noon Lions Club, will take over the Claud Gill Arena at 7:30 p.m. June 27-29, just south of the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

Competitions include bronc riding, breakaway and calf roping, junior and senior barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and pee wee barrel racing, a new addition to the feature lineup. The younger attendants can join in the calf scramble and nickel toss, while some with more experience can chase the crazy heifer.

Also featured are four young women competing for the title of Duncan Noon Lions 2019 Rodeo Queen/Ambassador — Alexis Ingram, Shy Church, Lilly Dreher and Shaddiah Phillips. The contestants are selling discounted tickets in advance, hoping to take home the prized tiara and a new horse trailer.

According to the Duncan Lions Club Open Rodeo chairman, Joe Henderson, the rodeo is funded primarily by sponsors, and he is asking the community for their support.

“We’ve got what we refer to as our ‘hit list’ of new people in town. We attended the Chamber Breakfast (Thursday) morning, and that always garners two or three potential sponsors. We’re hoping that we make a few extra (sponsors) up, because we’ve lost one or two.”

Money raised by the Noon Lions Club is used to promote vision conservation, provide scholarships to high school and technology students, and support other local charities.

They have brought in a total of over $200,000 toward scholarships for high school students, over $175,000 for scholarships for technology students and have put more than $175,000 toward eyeglasses.

A sponsor’s lunch for those who have given money to the Noon Lions Club is set for the Thursday before the rodeo begins.