Thursday is Military Appreciation Night at Pioneer Reunion Rodeo

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Dennis Gee hazes for son Mickey in the 2011 Pioneer Reunion steer wrestling competition. Dennis and Mickey Gee are from Dean. (Photo by Russell Orrell)

Dennis Gee hazes for son Mickey Gee in the 2011 Pioneer Reunion steer wrestling competition. Dennis and Mickey Gee are from Dean. (Photo by Russell Orrell)

The Nine Man Board, working arm of the Clay County Pioneer Association, hopes to begin a new Pioneer Reunion tradition this year with a Military Appreciation Night during Thursday’s rodeo performance.

General admission tickets will be $4 for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans who show their military I.D. at the gate on Sept. 18. Regular general admission prices are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.

Rodeo performances this year will feature special events, including the countywide FFA calf scramble, mutton busting, ranch bronc riding and a kids calf scramble, as well as the traditional rodeo events of bareback bronc, barrel racing, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and bull riding.

This year, stock will be provided by Champion Rodeo Company.

Improvements to Tex Rickard Arena made this year include new lighting, giving rodeo fans a better view of the events.

Last year’s rodeo paid out more than $22,000 in winnings. Rodeo books will be open from 6-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 for rough stock participants and from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 for those participating in timed events. To enter, call the rodeo secretary (254) 248-1806.

Boot drawings will be held during each performance of the rodeo, with boots provided by Cavendar’s Boot City of Wichita Falls on Thursday night, The Browse Shop of Wichita Falls on Friday night and Waggoner’s Boot Center on Saturday.

Cody Shaw and the Rhythm Boys will perform during Friday’s rodeo dance, followed by Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk on Saturday.

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