Senior High School students in Pemiscot will benefit from two scholarships this year thanks to the great success of the second annual St. Jude Bucking in the Bootheel Rodeo according to an announcement on Oct. 18 by one of the event organizers, Erik Howell. “This was our second rodeo and it was a huge success,” Howell said, “We raised a substantial amount for the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and will be awarding two scholarships in Pemiscot County to seniors this year.”
Howell said that one of the scholarships will go to a Caruthersville, Mo. High School senior and applications will be taken from across Pemiscot County for the second one. The second scholarship winner will fix the location of the second annual scholarship given, and Howell says they will continue to add schools until all of the High Schools in Pemiscot County are covered.
The rodeo, held earlier last month, was started to bring the thrill of the rodeo to Pemiscot County and raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This year’s event featured over 180 contestants, consisting of several former World Champions and traveling from 11 different states. The event was contracted to Wooten Rodeo Company who has been performing rodeos for over 17 years. The rodeo featured International Finals rodeo announcer Jerry Belles and the 2009 International Finals comedy act/contract act team of Jeff Cupp and his son Tyler.
Crowds got to see the Trixie Chicks trick riders as a specialty act from Kansas City, Mo. This year’s event also included a Miss Bucking in the Bootheel Rodeo beauty pageant. Friday night concluded with aq concert by Kosmic Girlz and Coltrane Band from Texarkana, Ar. And Saturday’s crowds were entertained by the Keith Morrison band. A former St. Jude’s patient, Darren Warren and J.C. Andersen performed to crowds during the day.
The bareback ride winner was Mike Sumner. Broncrider winner was Jeremy Nice and the bullrider winner was Mason Lowe. Howell says they all donated a part of their winnings to St. Jude’s.
According to Howell, over 2000 people attending the rodeo, allowing the group to begin the scholarship program. “We made it a family fun event,” Howell said, “We were just overwhelmed with the turnout and support.”
Howell said the outpouring of support from local businesses and sponsors was “incredible.” “We could not due this without the great outpouring of support and local sponsors,” Howell said, “We cannot thank this community enough for supporting this event.”
Howell also thanked all the volunteers and community people who helped bring the event together. “For example, the ladies of the ESA sorority volunteered and helped both days,” he said, “There were just so many people that came together to make this rodeo a success.”
“We learned a lot this year and we hope next year’s event will be bigger and better,” Howell said, “We are ready to begin working on the next one with the support of such a great community.”