Rodeo in Central Arkansas April 14-15

EL PASO, Ark. - The 9th Annual Central Arkansas Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo is coming up April 14-15.

For the third year, it's taking place at CrossRoads Cowboy Church and Two Bar Two Arena in El Paso (White County).

In addition to rodeo events, there's a church service on Easter Sunday (April 16). It begins at 9 a.m. inside the arena with Rev. Ron Riddle preaching from horseback (chuck wagon breakfast of biscuits and gravy begins at 7:30).

An event news release states that in the last few years, those attending the rodeo have proclaimed it “Great Family Entertainment at Affordable Prices” and it has also been ranked very highly as one of the best PRCA Rodeos in Arkansas.

Contestants will include 166 cowboys and cowgirls from 22 states and four countries competing for points to get them to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas in December. 

Sammy Andrews with Andrews Rodeo Company will once again be bringing his award-winning stock, along with outstanding contract acts for performances each evening. Frankie “Punkintown” Smith will be the funnyman this year and he says “It’s an honor for me to entertain families”. 

This year’s contract act will be Bert Davis and his Muttley Crew. This act features 10 rescue dogs, adopted by Bert and his wife, Frannie. The Muttley Crew and Bert were on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 and they were the only animal act to make it to Las Vegas. They have also been recognized by National Geographic in 2002 in a television documentary titled: “Dogs with Jobs.”

An addition to this year's event is the Miss Rodeo Arkansas pageant. Young ladies from all over the state will compete and the winner will be crowned at the Friday night performance. She will represent Arkansas in Las Vegas at the NFR competing for Miss Rodeo America.

There will also be events for the kids such as mutton bustin and a calf scramble. The mini bronc riders will return for the second year (one of the favorite events from last year). Those who want to enter the mutton bustin (8 years and younger and 50 lbs and under) or bronc riding will need to be there around 5:30 to sign up. The calf scramble will be for ages 7-12 years and boot scramble ages 6 & under with buckles for the winners each night during the rodeo performance.

The event is a partnership with the Wounded Warriors of Arkansas, through the Marine Corps League of Arkansas. Some of the money raised will go to help Arkansas soldiers as they readjust to life back home.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each for a chance to win a Delta Cattleman 24' canvas-covered open top livestock trailer. The drawing will be held April 15 during the second performance of the rodeo. (Sponsored by Trailer Country of Cabot).

The rodeo performance will start at 7:30 both nights with kids events at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 ages 7-12 years and kids 6 and under get in free.

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