Lion's Club, 'Mr. Rodeo' team up to kick off 2014 rodeo season

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Members of the Lufkin Lion's Club had a roaring good time Tuesday afternoon at the Angelina County Expo Center as they helped kicked off the 2014 rodeo season.

Tuesday marked the beginning of the Ram Raffle. For the next 30 days members of the club will be raffling off tickets for a 2014 Ram Pickup Truck. Tickets are just $1.

Mike Mathis, otherwise known as "Mr. Rodeo" says getting involved in the community is a great way to start off his favorite time of the year.

"We're talking about 600 to 700 men and women who make their way through Lufkin and Angelina County to be a part of this rodeo. They're scattered all over the fifty states, Australia and Canada. You know, this is a major event. This is something we think brings a little oomph to the community and it brings an economic impact here," Mathis said. "It's a great charity—the Lion's Club—that has been a part of this so long. It helps raise the money and it has done so many amazing things over the years and with the help of the community their hard work will continue to do amazing things for the time to come."

For those Nacogdoches Rodeo fans, the Pro Rodeo and Steer Show will start on Thursday, March 27 and will last until Saturday, March 29. The show starts nightly at 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit

For more information on the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, visit

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