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Lufkin Lions Club kicks off march toward rodeo

Sharlene Medley, a 30-year resident of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center is this year's rodeo hero. Sharlene Medley, a 30-year resident of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center is this year's rodeo hero.
Mike Mathis is the rodeo announcer and coordinator. Mike Mathis is the rodeo announcer and coordinator.

The greatest show on dirt is back.

The Lufkin Host Lions Club kicked off the Angelina Benefit Rodeo Tuesday.

In late April, hundreds of competitors are expected in bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, and motorcycle thrill rides.

Over the years, the rodeo has raised millions of dollars for local charities.

Sharlene Medley, 47, a 30-year resident of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center is this year's rodeo hero.

The Bridge City native said her favorite part about the rodeo is the horses.

"I am so excited that my family is coming and I am so excited that my friends are coming up here," said Medley.

"I would encourage parents to bring their kids more than once," said Rodeo Announcer and Coordinator Mike Mathis. "Everyone has a little bit of cowboy in them. I don't care the age, I don't care the upbringing. Just bring them, let them have a good time. That's what we're going to do and show you something about the old west."

The annual rodeo is voted one of the top five medium rodeos in North America by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

It runs April 27-30 at the Angelina County Expo Center.

Tickets are on sale at Baskin's in the Lufkin Mall.

Also a Dodge Ram truck will be raffled off. Tickets are a dollar each.

You'll see the truck parked at local businesses.

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