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Somebody's Gotta Do It: Rodeo Coordinator-Announcer

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Lufkin Lions Club members say you do not want to be left behind this year when the greatest show on dirt comes to town.  It is time for the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo. 

Rodeo coordinator Mike Mathis is back to help bring the cowboy out in all of us.

He brings passion like no other rodeo announcer."During the course of the week we'll bring almost 600 men and women to town that are here to compete, they'll be here to spend money and be a part of the community that week but you know it's something that I guess it's a little bit like Christmas," said Mike Mathis, Rodeo Coordinator-Announcer.

The perfect pitchman who got his start right here in Angelina County.

"We're very proud of what we've done of what we're gonna do in the future and at the same time bring a great, great, entertainment event to Angelina County."

Mike Mathis has made a career in the rodeo business.  "Rodeo is my life I'm lucky enough to travel and announce in about 40 plus rodeos a year across the country.  This is the one that helped get me the start in the mark in professional rodeo to get to do what I do today."

At the urging of his late wife, Mathis got up the courage to quit his banking job and rodeo full time.  It's a decision he says he has never regretted.  While Mathis might be considered the heart of the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, he concedes the soul of the rodeo to the hardworking men and women behind the scenes.

"It's a special rodeo that the Lion's Club has been involved in so long mounted patrol as well and these guys work so hard that there have been so many great things that have happened from the proceeds here," said Mathis. 

Becoming a rodeo coordinator and announcer is a dream come true for Mathis.  A job he says allows him to bring happiness to thousands of rodeo goers across the country.

"This is a great opportunity to come and bring the entire family and it is that it's family entertainment from start to finish everyone has a little bit of cowboy in them so all you gotta do is just let yours come to the front."

This cowboy has spent some 30-plus years riding the rodeo circuit and he says each year is better than the last.

The 49th edition of the Angelina Benefit Rodeo kicks off a week from Wednesday with KTRE Family night.  "It attracts some of the biggest names in professional rodeo like 12 time Rodeo Entertainer of the Year, John Payne, the one armed bandit, 6 time Rodeo Clown of the Year Keith Isley from North Carolina, along with a host of the best cowboys in the world from the professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and ladies of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association."

General admission tickets are available for $8 each at area Brookshire Bros. stores and all tickets are available at Baskins department store in Lufkin, or call 936-634-2121 for more ticket information.

"Proceeds stay here locally. We support great charities like the Lufkin state Supported Living Center, their volunteer services council, as well as, a host of other charities.  We are proud to be a part of that," said Mathis.

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