Clay County Pioneers to gather for 82nd Reunion and Rodeo

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The Nine Man Board, working arm of the Clay County Pioneer Association, are making final preparations for the 82nd Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo. Board members are (front) Arena Director Trey Mobley of Dean, Chairman Doug Vicars of Bellevue, Vice Chairman Ross Cantrell of Vashti, (back) second-year members Jeff Jordan of Petrolia, E.C. Crump of Deer Creek and Michael Sanderson of Henrietta, and first-year members Scot Graham of Bluegrove, Weldon Craig of Byers and Bob Wuthrich of Fairview.

The Nine Man Board, working arm of the Clay County Pioneer Association, are making final preparations for the 82nd Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo. Board members are (front) Arena Director Trey Mobley of Dean, Chairman Doug Vicars of Bellevue, Vice Chairman Ross Cantrell of Vashti, (back) second-year members Jeff Jordan of Petrolia, E.C. Crump of Deer Creek and Michael Sanderson of Henrietta, and first-year members Scot Graham of Bluegrove, Weldon Craig of Byers and Bob Wuthrich of Fairview.

The Pioneers of Clay County will gather once again Sept. 19, 20 and 21 for the 82nd Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo.

View and print complete Pioneer Reunion schedule here

Two popular events precede this year’s Cowboy Kickoff Parade, set 4 p.m. Thursday in downtown Henrietta.  The Power in Praise worship service will be at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 6-9 p.m. On Monday, the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce will host the Pioneer Barbecue Kickoff Luncheon to honor all those who volunteer their time to make Pioneer Reunion happen each year. Tickets are $10 and available at the chamber office, Wells Fargo, the First National Bank of Byers locations and Legend Bank through Sept. 12. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Pioneer Queen and her court will be introduced prior to Thursday night’s performance of the Pioneer Reunion Rodeo in a 7 p.m. ceremony at Tex Rickard Arena.

Each rodeo performance will include special events, including the countywide FFA calf scramble, mutton busting, ranch bronc riding and a kids calf scramble. This year, stock will be provided by Championship Rodeo Company.

The Rock Barn will host a concert featuring Erick Willis and Ben Atkins following Thursday night’s performance. Tickets are $7 at the door. Tables of eight can be purchased in advance for $50. Call (940) 704-3708 for more information.

The first of two float parades begins at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by activities on the courthouse square, including frog and terrapin races, live entertainment by the Texas Troubadours, barbecue lunches catered by Texas Best Barbecue and Catering, and a knot tying competition at the arena.

The 2013 rodeo queen and junior queen will be crowned during the opening ceremonies of Friday’s Rodeo, beginning at 7 p.m. The rodeo will be followed by a dance featuring Jay Hollis, beginning at 9 p.m.

Pioneers will register in the courthouse Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. Registered pioneers, those 60 and older who were born in Clay County, or have lived here for 30 or more years, receive a free barbecue meal.

Float Parade winners are announced during the parade Saturday, followed by the annual Clay County Art Association show, entertainment by Prairie Moon, barbecue lunches and Pioneer activities on the courthouse square. A dummy roping contest and youth play day will be held at the arena Saturday, followed by the Saturday night rodeo and dance, featuring Tommy Alverson.

Boot drawings will be held during each performance of the rodeo, with boots provided by Waggoner’s Boot Center of Henrietta, The Browse Shop of Wichita Falls and Montague Boot Company of Nocona.

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