The 2013 Hope High School FFA rodeo is back in watermelon country with lots of fun and excitement to kick off the 54th annual event at the Hope Fair Park Coliseum beginning tonight through Saturday.
As always, the rodeo is a three night event with tickets at $5, and entertainment provided by the Night Hawk Band. As a tradition, each night of the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, the rodeo kicks off with Old Timer's Night, where HHS alumni from five years back participate, from ages 25 to 60 years old, in intensive competition to kickoff the annual event with something of a homecoming.
On Friday and Saturday, HHS and, this year, guests from Garrett Memorial Christian School will compete for their night of events at the rodeo.
This is the FFA's major fundraising event, with proceeds going to fund scholarships to send students to state and national convention, judging contests and attending leadership camps. Also it's the longest running FFA rodeo in the state.
The rodeo is student organized and available for participation of Hope High School students. Chapter officers select chairpersons to head various committees. Students select events, contact local livestock owners, feed and care for stock.
Also students advertise and conduct TV and radio interviews prior to the rodeo. Also, FFA members, along with the rodeo queen visited at Garrett Memorial Christian School for Western Day this week, which blasts off the much anticipated week of event's prior to the official day the rodeo begins.
This year, the rodeo will feature 13 events, including: Barebacks, Junior Queens, Calf Halter/Hide Ride, Junior Bulls, Goat Tying, Calf Roping, Pig Scramble, Wild Cow Milking, Mutton Busting, Barrel Pickup, Chute Dogging, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.
For Old Timer's Night, there will be five featured events, including: Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Roping, Wild Cow Milking, and Barrel Racing. Prior to the night of the rodeo, students can sign-up with sponsor Doss Walker to participate in the Junior Bulls event which involves sixth graders and under and Mutton Busting for first graders and under.
This year's annual Hope FFA Rodeo Royalty features several young ladies to compete for the crown. Current rodeo Queen is Lacey Jo Singleton and reigning Rodeo Jr. Queen is Graci Helmick.
As tradition, there will be a grand entry before the events begin on Friday and Saturday night. Hope agri teacher and FFA advisor Doss Walker will be the announcer.
This year's FFA Rodeo committees and key players include: Rodeo clowns and Arena – Dillon McClanahan and Kyle Malone; Clean up – Ben Matchett and Jutin Schobey; Livestock – Lacy Jo Singleton, Dylan McClanahan and Kyle Malone; Jr. Queen – Kimberly Smith; Little Britches – Kimberly Smith and Pheonix Newton; Tickets – Renaldo Courtney and Publicity – Dillon McClanahan.
Walker is very excited about this year's rodeo. He's looking forward to another great year of rodeo entertainment and competition with big crowds each night. Walker expressed thanks to all the local and new businesses for donations given to support the rodeo. He has been involved in the Hope FFA rodeo since 1990 and will be the announcer each night.
Page 2 of 2 - The 2012-13 Hope FFA officers are: President – Dillon McClanahan; Vice President - Lacey Jo Singleton; Secretary – Kyle Malone; Reporter – Pheonix Newton; Sentinel – Renoldo Courtney and Jr. Advisor-Kimberly Smith.