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Edna Open Pro Rodeo benefits 4-H clubs

ALLISON MILES

By ALLISON MILES
July 27, 2011 at 2:27 a.m.


Cowboys and cowgirls alike have a chance to dust off their boots this weekend and benefit Jackson County youth.

The third annual Edna Open Pro Rodeo is Friday and Saturday at Edna's Brackenridge Main Event Center.

Proceeds benefit the Jackson County 4-H clubs, said 4-H booster club President Julie Mercer.

"This is our main fundraiser as a county organization," she said. "It's where we make all of our money."

Funds raised by 4-H go back to the children for things like awards, their projects and scholarships, said Mercer.

"This year, we have two kids going to National 4-H Congress," she said. "We will give money to them to participate on a national level."

Rodeo events include bareback bronc riding, girls breakaway roping, team roping, bull riding and more, she said.

Competition isn't limited to the big kids and adults, however. Mutton bustin', a calf scramble and even a stick horse race are available for the younger guys.

"The stick horse races are hilarious," she said with a chuckle. "You'll have 3-year-olds out there trying so hard, and they even dress the part. It's fun."

The event also features a raffle for half a calf that the winner can have processed to his own specifications, Mercer said.

"They can let us know if they want the majority of it in steaks or ground," she said. "It's whatever they want."

A concession stand and beer booth will be available at the rodeo for those looking for something to eat or drink.

The rodeo is sponsored by the Jackson County 4-H clubs but produced by the Lester Meier Rodeo Co., Mercer said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Box seats, which seat four, go for $100.

For more information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312. For rodeo contestant entry information, call the Lester Meier Rodeo Co. at 800-927-9627.

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