Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 11, 2012

Rodeo gates are nearly open

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — The gates are nearly open for a rodeo in Pauls Valley meant to honor and help our country’s injured soldiers.

The Rodeo for Wounded Warriors will have a 7 p.m. start on both Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 at Pauls Valley’s rodeo arena, located in Wacker Park.

The event is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association as proceeds from the rodeo will go to the national Wounded Warrior Project, which works to help soldiers who have suffered the worst of injuries while in the line of duty for their country.

“It’s going good,” organizer Lynn Brady of Wynnewood said this week about all the planning leading up to the two-day rodeo.

“We’ve had a lot of sponsors signed up,” she said. “We also have a lot of riders in the timed events.”

They include a handful of events with roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

There are also a good number of participants signed up to get on the bulls for one of the signature events.

“We have lots of bull riders coming for the rodeo,” Brady said.

Rodeo fans at the local arena will also be treated to calf scrambles and the ever popular mutton bustin’ event.

“We will have mutton bustin’ at the rodeo. We’ll take 10 kids for it each night,” he said.

Even though the high-flying action of the rodeo is the real draw here, the main focus of this event is to help the wounded soldiers.

According to Brady, the national Wounded Warrior Project works to help soldiers in a variety of ways.

“This is an organization that helps soldiers — mentally, financially, emotionally and physically,” sod Brady.

“It helps them adapt back into society after fighting in places like Iraq or Afghanistan,” she said. “This is specifically for those soldiers since 9/11.

“These are soldiers who have lost limbs, been scarred mentally. It helps to get them doctor appointments, housing, anything they are in need of to become whole again, a whole person.”

Tickets, available in advance locally at Dairy Twist or at the gate on rodeo nights, are $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

For more on the rodeo or how to be a sponsor, call Brady at 405-207-8672.