The 14th annual Spring Hill FFA Rodeo kicks off Friday and Saturday at the Hope Fair Park Coliseum. Start time is 6:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students, and tickets will be available at the gate.
Featured events this year include, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Barrel Pick Up, Break Away Roping, Goat Tying, Steer Riding, Wild Steer Catch-N-Release, Bull Riding, Hide Ride, Goat Dressing, Mutton Busting, Chute Dogging, Calf Haltering and Ribbon Roping.
Shane Plyler, Spring Hill FFA advisor and Agriculture teacher, anticipatea another exciting rodeo competition.
According to Plyler, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton will serve as announcer and Ronald Kidd will be the arena director. Also, MAD JT Rodeo Company, Mike Vickers family and Clear Lake Farms will be the stock contractors. Tammy Glass will be the concession director.
The side gate on the east side of the arena will be used during the rodeo, Plyler said.
There will be three age divisions, including, peewee k-4, junior grades 5-6 and senior grades 9-12.
There will be four team events, including Barrel Pick-up, involving rider, jumper of any age; Hide Ride and Ribbon Roping with a roper and runner; and, Goat Dressing (7-12 grades) involving any ages. This year team roping is added. It is a two man team event where one ropes the horns and the other ropes the back feet.
The Mutton Busting event will be held both nights and participants can sign up at the door. Also, the egg toss and pig scramble events will continue as tradition both nights. According to Plyler said, only Spring Hill students can participate.
Several parents and volunteers have dedicated their time to help to organize the rodeo. A concession stand will be on hand serving hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, frito pie's and other items people can buy to eat during this year's big fundraising event.
Last year's All Around Cowboy was Hayden Lee and All Around Cowgirl Dusty Ghormley.
The money raised during the rodeo will help with the Annual FFA Awards banquet in May. The money is for students to use for leadership camps in the summer and for the Arkansas State FFA Convention in June, held in Hot Springs. Also, the money will be for other events and contests throughout the year to help students participate.
Last year, the money raised from the Rodeo helped Spring Hill purchase a stock trailer. According to Plyler, at least 70 local sponsors are supporting this year's FFA rodeo, which helps them purchase the buckles.
Ranch Rodeo will kickoff this year's events tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the coliseum. This rodeo is sponsored by the parents with several events. This will mark the fifth year for the Ranch Rodeo. Mike Vickers and some of the FFA parents are putting on the open ranch rodeo on Thursday night with proceeds going back to Spring Hill FFA.
Page 2 of 2 - Plyler said several projects have been built by students for this year's rodeo that can be purchased, including, hay rings, picnic tables, bench, horseshoe lamps and rocking chairs. Featured items will be auctioned during the rodeo and sales close at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday.
There are 220 entries for the two nights and all students participating are from Spring Hill.
Plyler is very appreciative of all the support and sponsorships received to make this rodeo possible and hopes to see a large crowd to come out and support the students and the Spring Hill FFA chapter. The winners will be announced at the end of the rodeo, and the buckles are awarded at the FFA banquet in May.