Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 27, 2013

Rodeo action ready to kick up

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The action of the 68th annual Heritage Days IPRA Rodeo gets underway tonight at the Pauls Valley Round-Up Club Rodeo Arena.

All the action is set for an 8 p.m. nightly start Thursday through Saturday, June 27-29 at the arena in the local Wacker Park.

Each nightly performance includes Miss Rodeo USA Lauren Terry, John David Smith and Company Rodeo Band and a whole variety of traditional rodeo events.

Those events include saddle bronc, barrel racing including one with two riders competing at the same time, calf roping, bull riding and steer wrestling.

There will also be calf scrambles and the always popular mutton bustin’.

Wendel Ratchford with his Wild Horse Rodeo Stock are producing this year’s rodeo.

Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

The final night of the event gets started with a rodeo parade at 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown PV.

Later that night a rodeo queen coronation will help wrap things up for Pauls Valley’s traditional rodeo. The IPRA rodeo is sponsored in part by the Pauls Valley Tourism Committee.

With the summer holiday season here a handful of July 4th events are planned in the area.

The First Baptist Church of Elmore City will host its 13th annual God and Country Celebration on Sunday, June 30 at the Elmore City Lake.

Music begins at 5:30 p.m., a food line at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks are around 9:30 p.m. There will be hot dogs, music, singing, volleyball, moon bounce and face painting.

“Please bring extra water, lawn chairs and bug spray,” event organizers said.

Another big reminder is swimming is not allowed at this event.

The EC Lake is located three blocks north of the four-way on state Highway 74. For more information, call 580-788-4110.

Pauls Valley’s big celebration will again come on Independence Day.

The Thursday, July 4th celebration officially gets going around 5 p.m. at the band shell in Wacker Park.

Registration for PV’s big watermelon seed spitting contest will begin at 6 p.m. The contest itself begins at 7 p.m.

Organizers will gear up for fireworks at 9 p.m. with the holiday show expected to begin around 9:20 p.m.

In nearby Davis the local community celebration is called Summerfest 2013.

It all starts around 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Davis’ Wolf Field.

A number of musicians are lined up to provide live music, including Dylan Black of Pauls Valley.

There is no charge to enjoy the event as fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk.