Fourth annual Bucking in the Bootheel rodeo set for September 11 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Fourth annual Bucking in the Bootheel rodeo set for September 11 & 12

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The Fourth Annual Bucking in the Bootheel Rodeo, a benefit for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, will be September 11 and 12 at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Caruthersville, MO at 7 p.m. nightly. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

The rodeo will feature nine championship events. Rodeo organizers are also proud to announce that this year’s rodeo will be nationally televised.

Producers will be filming at the rodeo both nights and shooting commercials from the event. The rodeo will air the last week of November and approximately six more times next year.

“We feel that this is huge for the Missouri Bootheel,” said event organizer, Erik Howell. “Last year, we had approximately 250 contestants from 11 states and were nominated for best outdoor rodeo of the year. This year, we have been selected to host the finals for the Six Shooter Rodeo Series.”

Friday night will honor the life of fallen local firefighter, Bobby Coleman, and Saturday night will honor the life of Greg Corbett. Firefighters will receive free admission on Friday night with valid ID or in department uniform. Both men being honored lost their lives in February of this year.

Four-time International Finals Rodeo Announcer, Brandon McLagen, will be announcing this year’s event and seven-time International Finals Rodeo Barrelman and Seven-time IPRA Barrelman/Comedy Act of the year, Dusty Meyers, will be on hand each night to keep fans on the edge of their seats with hilarious comedy acts.

The rodeo will also have PRCA/IPRA Specialty Act, The Trixie Chick Trick Riders and The Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Series performing each night. Both are groups of children approximately 7-10 years old that will compete in bullriding, bareback riding, and saddle bronc riding.

Keith Wooten and the award-winning Wooten Rodeo Company will be the stock contractor again this year.

“The Bucking in the Bootheel Rodeo is one hundred percent family friendly and we invite everyone to come out for two nights of exciting rodeo action. It will be a great time for the whole family and supports a great cause,” said Howell.

Event tickets are $8.00 and kids six and under receive free admission.

This Bucking in the Bootheel Rodeo is non-profit and would not be possible without the support of sponsors and the rodeo committee.  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is run on donations and the rodeo strives to increase its donation each year.

The rodeo also gives back to the local community by presenting college scholarships to six local graduating seniors.

Rodeo sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Erik Howell at 573-922-8404.

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