Are You Rodeo Ready?

Co-sanctioned with UPRA & CPRA, the 72nd Annual Clifton Rodeo offers competitive challenge to cowboys along with two nights of family fun with carnival June 9-10

CLIFTON – It’s time to cowboy up, and feel some Old West Spirit at the 72nd annual Clifton Rodeo. Spectators come fill the stands to marvel at the skill of the ropers, the wild antics of the bucking broncs, and the speed of the barrel racers chasing the cans on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at the Clifton Rodeo Arena.

Since the Clifton Chamber of Commerce took over the organization and turned it into a joint-sanctioned rodeo, the event won “New Rodeo of the Year” at the State Fair of Texas last year. Besides prize money, the cowboys and cowgirls amass points for the United Professional Rodeo Association and Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association finals. This helps bring quality contestants to town to compete.

“These days, rodeo contestants are not only chasing money, they are chasing points,” Rodeo Organizing Board Member Weston Gloff said. “A rodeo cowboy has many rodeos to choose from each weekend, so we felt that having a sanctioned rodeo would help us bring quality and quantity in terms of contestants. If the contestant wins money at our rodeo, it helps them make the UPRA and CPRA finals. In our part of the state, it is common for rodeos to be co-sanctioned. Contestants can earn points for each sanction, so that helps bring the best competitors to town.”

The rodeo events start with the grand entrance and flying of the nation’s colors, then the fun mutton bustin’ for the cowboys- and cowgirls-to-be. Rodeo events including Bareback and Saddle Bronc riding, Bull riding, Tie Down Calf Roping, Breakaway Calf Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing start at 7:30 p.m. on both evenings.

For the young ones, there is also mutton bustin’ both nights. The entry fee is $30 and the youth must be over three years of age and under 55 pounds. Check in is at 6:30 p.m. with start at 7 p.m. The event is so popular, all slots are already filled. Another entertaining event for the audience is the calf scrambles for the youth.

Once again Rocking M and Hat Brand provide the personnel and the stock for the show and offer a exciting, professional production. Besides the athletic entertainment, rodeo announcer and the rodeo clown crew keep the rodeo-loving crowd entertained between event set ups.

Due to dwindling participants and spectators, there will not be a parade this year, but after the rodeo, the Carnival was the place to go for young and old, some dressed to impress, to hang out and enjoy some fun under the neon lights in the warm, evening breeze.

So, buckle up for some serious fun, and we hope to see you at the arena. Tickets to an evening of exciting fun are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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