Clowns, cowboys, mutton busting take center stage during Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo

Clowns, cowboys, mutton busting take center stage during Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo has always been on the radar of East Texans. In 2015, it’s popularity expanded when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association named it one of the top five best rodeos in the nation.

This year, Scott can be seen on the RFD TV show, Special Cowboy Moments, broadcast to audiences nationwide.

Scott was successful in rounding up sponsorship money and special guests in order to appear on the 30-minute episode that targets her focus group.

“We know our rodeo fans are watching this show and that's a great place for us to be, is in front of them," said Scott.

Because it leads to wider attention.

"We're also going to be on the Cowboy Channel, The Wild Rides.”

Scott doesn't forget her roots. Local sponsors are just as important.

"I like this truck. This is the one I want,” joked Scott as Ran Perry drove up in a shiny, new pickup.

Perry likes the Nacogdoches rodeo so much he proposed in the middle of a rodeo performance.

"That's right. That's right. Or I could have really hated it. One way or the other, but it worked out good. Real good”, smiled Perry. "

Scott caters to the community. On Thursday 15 branches of local law enforcement will be honored.

"We're asking everyone to wear blue in support of our law enforcement."

And on Friday Scott's granddaughter, Kaedyn Nelson, a cancer patient, will have the honor of sitting in the VIP skybox. On Saturday it's Wear Pink Day in recognition of all families facing the same battle.

And last, but not least, there's the staff who is looking after the protection of top rodeo stock and contestants.

"They got to win money here in order to make the finals,” explained Kent O’Neal, a grounds keeper. “You see the same quality of bucking horses. Horses that bucked in Las Vegas will buck here in Nacogdoches."

On dirt that grounds keeper Darrell Hill takes pride in making just right.

"Trying to get it ready for this weekend, so we can be perfect again."

High expectations by the workers, the promoters and the contestants. Now all is needed are the rodeo fans.

The gates open Thursday, March 21 thru Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 at the Nacogdoches Exposition Center.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.rodeoticket.com or at Boot Barn or Boles Feed Store. Special discounts are offered. For a schedule of events, visit the Nacogdoches Expo and Civic Center website.

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