Rodeo Becomes Long-Time NWA Tradition

rodeo 2Staff ReportFew NWA traditions have lasted almost 70 years, received national recognition as one of the top five of its kind in the nation, and appeals to ages 5 to 95, but the 69th Rodeo of the Ozarks will prove that it can be done.

This year, the event will be held from July 3 to 6 and be held in Springdale at 1423 E. Emma. Appearing nightly will be Tim Lepard — a long-time rodeo veteran who started bucking bulls — and Team Ghostriders. Lepard had nine major surgeries due to bull riding and finally decided to give it up, but now he offers comedy through his dog and monkey act.

Nearly 500 contestants and professional athletes will compete in seven events including tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping and, of course, bull riding.

Last year, contributing writer and photographer for TFW Bob Cochran attended and got an up-close look at the action. We’ve included a few of his great photos here. For more information, or to buy tickets in advance, visit 4Rodeo

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