LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Fans were treated to the first of four shows in this year's Angelina Benefit Rodeo put on by the Lufkin host Lions Club Wednesday night.
The event has become a yearly tradition that benefits multiple charities.
"This is the greatest show on dirt," Mike Mathis said. "We will feature Keith Isley this year. He is the five-time rodeo entertainer of the year. We will of course have freestyle bull fighting. That of course is always exciting. We will bring the best cowboys and award winning livestock. All put together in a great package that will help some amazing charities. it is something we are proud of."
The rodeo will continue through the 28th at the George H. Henderson Expo Center. Tickets range from $8 - $13 for presale and $9- $14 at the gate. The events will kick off each night at 7 pm. All advance tickets can be bought at Boot Barn in Lufkin. Returning this year is the annual auto raffle. Instead of a truck, the event will be giving away a Jeep. Tickets for the drawing are still $1.
The first night of events saw 4-time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey take the arena floor.
"You are going to see a family friendly atmosphere from the word go until the very end," Kimzey said. "It is two hours of excitement. Mike Mathis is the announcer here. It is a great friendly time with a lot of action."
Kimzey is not the only world class bull rider in town. Crockett's Boudreaux Campbell will be in action Friday night. Campbell is the former PRCA Rookie of the Year.