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51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo: A Tribute to Carl Rice

This year marks the 51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2009

Denise Dugdale is the 2009 Broken Arrow Round-Up Club president.

This year marks the 51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo, which has also been designated A Tribute to Carl Rice in honor of the man who served as stock contractor for the Rooster Days Rodeo for most of its 51 years. Rice resided in Beggs, OK and passed away in March. Rice’s family members will continue the tradition for the 2009 event.

The Rooster Days Rodeo: A Tribute to Carl Rice will be held at the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club (BARUC) arena on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16. The arena is located on the east side of Oneta Road just south of 101st St., directly across from the Elks Lodge. This action-packed event will kick off with a grand entry featuring Oklahoma’s own Freedom Riders at 8 p.m. on May 15. They will appear again the following night at the same time.

Tickets may be purchased at Lee’s Feed & Supply, located on 11th Street just west of 193rd East Avenue, at Smitty’s Western Store, located on Highway 51 and 111th Street South, J&H Feed, located on 193rd East Avenue and 141st St., or from any Rodeo Royalty Pageant contestant. Tickets are available through May 14 at a discounted price.

The rodeo features hard riding cowboys and cowgirls competing in events that include bareback bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, ladies’ breakaway calf roping, and team roping. The event also spotlights open and junior events such as barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and a calf scramble. Contestants may check the Broken Arrow Round-Up Club website,, for more information. Books open May 11 for contestants, from
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  You may call in to register at (918) 371-2048.  

Broken Arrow Round-Up Club officers at the site of the 51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo: A Tribute to Carl Rice. (L to R): Craig Grimes, Carrie Guerrero, Jessica Klassen, Denise Dugdale, and Sandi Owen.

Major sponsors of the 51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo: A Tribute to Carl Rice include Chris Nikel Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Parrish Horse Co., C-It-All Leak Detectors & Plumbing, and Mid America Steel Services.

The Broken Arrow Round-Up Club also hosts an annual vaccination day, six family playdays per year, and light nights at the arena, plus club-sponsored trail rides, ranch and trail classes, and team penning nights. In addition, the BARUC sponsors a 4-D barrel and pole buckle series beginning in late August, which runs for seven weeks.

May 1, 2009, is the deadline to register for the Rodeo Royalty Pageant at the regular fee. There will be an extended registration period up to May 8 with a late fee. National Rodeo Royalty Pageants are for girls and women ages 4 to 25 and include Sweetheart, Princess and Miss Rodeo competitions. The Broken Arrow Pageant will include a variety of great prizes including trophy saddles, tack and jewelry.

Be a part of the 51st Annual Rooster Days Rodeo’s Tribute to Carl Rice by entering events or coming out to share the excitement during two nights of rodeo action! Gate prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Advance tickets are $1 off gate prices. Children six and under are admitted free. 

For more information, contact

Broken Arrow Round-Up Club

(918) 258-3079 

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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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