Clay County Rodeo to Recognize Veterans

Friday, September 25, 2015
Local native Dillan Cate and his band will be performing both tonight and Saturday night at the Clay County Rodeo.(courtesy photo)

The public is invited, and encouraged to attend, as veterans of the Vietnam War will be recognized, and honored, during this weekend's Clay County Rodeo. The IPRA sanctioned event is set for 7 p.m. each night, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, at the fairgrounds in Piggott.

Both nights' rodeo organizers will join forces with the local VFW and American Legion Post, to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War with special ceremonies prior to the event. Currently nearly 20 veterans have been recruited, and more are expected to be added.

Organizers noted any Vietnam era veterans interested in participating, but who have not been notified, may call Jim Gearhart at 870 598-5340.

A special event has also been planned for each night, following the full evening of rodeo action, with competition by the American Freestyle Bullfighting Series, presented by Wrangler. The bullfighting will be held following the rodeo in the arena, and will consist of several competitors as they each have the chance to show their bullfighting skills in the arena for 70 seconds.

Stock for this week's event is being provided by Universal Rodeo Company, of Jonesboro.

Organizers are also planning special memorial observances for each night, remembering longtime supporters of the local rodeo. On Friday evening Neil Cluck and James Neighbors will be remembered for their contributions to the rodeo, and on Saturday a special ceremony will be held remembering Elmo Moore. And, making a return this year to perform once again both nights is popular local performer Dillan Cate.

Of course, throughout the evening those on hand will have the chance to enjoy top rodeo action, with competition in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, along with barrel racing and the breakaway race for the ladies.

Admission is $10, with kids age five and under admitted free. Additional information on the event may also be found on the Clay County Rodeo Facebook page.

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