I love this time of year in southwest Oklahoma.  All the festivals and rodeos and different events that happen during the summer and fall are so much fun to attend.  My favorite, of course, is the Lawton Ranger's Rodeo. 

 

This rodeo is in the top 40 rodeos of our nation!  Cowboys and cowgirls come from all over the country, no the world, come to compete at this PRCA sanctioned rodeo.  We had competitors from all over the U.S., Canada, and even Australia.  In fact the winner of the bareback bronc riding was Dave Worsfold from Queensland Australia who made an 89 on Rage!

In the tie down roping, our local guy, Hunter Herrin from Apache was just 4 tenths of a second out of first with a good showing in 3rd place with an 8.3!  Team ropers and barrel racers also came from all over the country to compete.  Not only did they compete each night of the rodeo they also had to run slack roping and barrel racing during the day just to get everyone in that had come to compete.

Beutler and Son Rodeo Company certainly didn't disappoint with the stock they brought.  Dustin Hall of Republic MO received an 85 on Holy Smokies to take first in the bull riding.

Thousands of people turned out for the rodeo including over 1,400 troops on Saturday night.  Our beloved Half Section performed for us and although the sound quality on the video is pretty bad you can certainly see why we are so proud to have them as part of our community.  Also, listen to the troops as the Colonel addresses them.

 

I hope you got out to enjoy the rodeo because it will be an entire year before we get to enjoy it again!  What is your favorite event at the rodeo?