SWTJC Rodeo celebrates 50th year starting Thursday night

Email this article 10/02/2012


The SWTJC Rodeo, scheduled Oct. 4-6 at the Uvalde County Fairplex, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

College rodeo athletes from across Texas and southwestern Louisiana will compete in men's and women's divisions at the new covered county rodeo arena. The event is sanctioned by the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

"It's our 50th anniversary and we have several added attractions planned for the occasion," SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller said. "We are very excited about being able to use the outstanding new facility the county now has available."

Action in the three-day rodeo will begin on Thursday, Oct. 4, with nightly performances scheduled through Oct. 6 starting at 7:30. Slack is scheduled Friday morning and Friday night after the performance. Additional slack will be held Saturday morning. Schedule of events

Veteran Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) clown and entertainer Gizmo McCracken will perform nightly as well as The One Arm Bandit and Company from Oklahoma, a 12-time winner of the PRCA Specialty Act of the Year Award.

This year's rodeo will also feature a finals performance on Saturday night with the top eight performers from the first round earning spots in the finals.

"We added a short go on Saturday night so spectators can see the cream of the crop perform all in one night," Angermiller said. "It should be an exciting three days of college rodeo at its best."

SWTJC teams will go up against men's and women's teams from Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M College Station, Texas A&M Kingsville, McNeese State University (Lake Charles, La.), Hill College, Northeast Texas Community College, Trinity Valley Community College, Stephen F. Austin State University and Wharton Junior College.

In the men's division, competition will be held in bareback bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping and bull riding. Events for the women include barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.

Tickets for nightly performances are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. Local ticket outlets include Texas Farm Store, Rockin' R Western Wear, WalMart, Country Gardens and Seed, Hondo National Bank, Oasis Outback and the SWTJC Administration Office.

Children 12 and under, and SWTJC students who show a current student ID, will be admitted free of charge. SWTJC faculty and staff can pick up complimentary tickets at the Administration Building.

Following Saturday's performance a dance is scheduled in the fairplex event center featuring Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition.

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