Organizers say Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo is an important tradition

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE)- Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get over to the Nacogodches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show for action packed excitement.

"With Nacogdoches being the oldest town in Texas, what better way to entertain your family than the old rodeo action," said Manager of the Nacogdoches Exposition Center Bill Plunkett.

The Texas Junior Chamber or "Jaycees" used to host and benefit from the rodeo up until 2005.

"It was just hard to put all that man power toward that and so they had other charity organizations and things they could do so they dropped the rodeo," said Plunkett.

Now the Expo Center hosts it, with no benefit but to entertain the community.

"We try to break even with the rodeo putting on the rodeo, covering the costs of the rodeo, keeping the cost down so everyone could come out."

The rodeo costs $50,000 to put on, $16,000 of which goes to the participants who earn their money depending on how many events they enter.

"You got to consider the stock contractors, the judges, the insurance, the number of staff."

Organizers say the rodeo is an important community tradition worth the efforts needed to keep it alive.

Plus, it's just a lot of fun.

"I want to see a bull and someone fall off, that's funny," said 10-year-old Riley.

"Bull riding, and then I like the music and all these booths here, and you know I got my girls a cowboy hat," said Misty Estep, who says this is her first year visiting the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo.

It's an East Texas tradition worth preserving.

This year there are 486 contestants participating in the rodeo.

The fun continues through Saturday evening.

©2010 KTRE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.