The Lufkin Lions Club is gearing up for what they hope is another successful rodeo.
The rodeo has been part of the community for the last 70 years, and they believe this year could be the best one yet. The proceeds that are raised will go back to local charities with a large amount of the money going to the Lufkin State Supported Living Center.
Mike Mathis spoke to the club today and promised some of the best rodeo performers in the nation would be coming to the George H. Henderson Expo Center next month with the third largest payout in the state.
Back this year are all the staples of a rodeo plus a calf scramble that will give out nine $1,000 scholarships, the annual muttin' bustin,' and this year's specialty act will feature bull fighters.
The bull fighters will have one minute to impress the judges with maneuvering style, control and level of difficulty with handling an angry bull.
"Well they can expect excitement," Mathis said. "This was a major part of rodeo for a number of years. It has gone away, but it has been rejuvinated. We have some of the top fighting bulls in the country matched against some of the best bull fighters. There is going to be a lot of excitement. Great cowboys. Good livestock. We are set for another amazing year."
The event will run April 26 to 29. Tickets go on Sale April 3 at Boot Barn at the Lufkin Mall. More info on the rodeo can be found here.