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May 13, 2014

Rodeo Time: G.W. Jackson Heritage Rodeo hoping to start tradition

The first ever Heritage Rodeo sponsored by the G. W. Jackson Multicultural Society will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Navarro County Exposition Center. Proceeds will go toward the construction of a museum on the homesite of G.W. Jackson on East Seventh Ave.

“This is a full-fledge rodeo, with professional cowboys coming in from Beaumont, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas,” said Charles Betts, board member and event organizer. “We have a large number of local people competing as well in each event.

“That’s been our big push, to get some of the local guys involved. We’re very fortunate to have these local guys come to participate, and their fans will come out too.”

There will be mutton bustin’ for the kids, as well as a calf scramble. Other events will include steer wrestling, calf roping, bulldogging, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

“There will be two teams from Texas here to entertain,” Betts said. “Pony Express is a relay with four-member teams where they pass a baton from member to member, and are required to go around the barrels at all four ends of the arena.”

A large number of vendors will set up prior to the rodeo, and gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Vendors will sell food, arts and crafts and merchandise.

For more information about the Heritage Rodeo, contact Betts at (903) 654-4279.

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