By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: April 2011
Shane Stierwalt from Schidler, OK roping cattle in the GCCRR.
Saddle up and watch as teams from the top 16 ranches in Oklahoma’s Green Country compete in rodeo events such as wild cattle doctoring, team penning, cattle branding, cattle sorting, bronc riding and wild cattle milking. The 6th annual Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo will be held at the Claremore Expo Center on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. This event celebrates the history of early Oklahoma’s cattle raising economy and the rural traditions of the area. Chutes will open an hour before the event begins each night, so show up early and secure your seat in the grandstand. While waiting for the rodeo to begin, stroll over to the Western Trading Days trade show and browse through a variety of Western goods and services for sale. The trade show is free, and rodeo admission is only $10.
The Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo is one of only a handful of rodeos in the state sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association. Witness as working cowboys compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and an invitation to the WRCA World Championships in Amarillo, Texas in November. “The top ranch will get to compete in the WRCA Championships, which is like the Super Bowl – it’s a chance for our state’s top cowboys to represent Oklahoma and show off their amazing skills,” says Courtney Gagan, publicity chair of GCCRR.
This rodeo stands apart from a lot of other rodeos. “The GCCRR is different because everything the cowboys compete in is something they would do on the ranch,” says Courtney. “They also compete in teams. You will see teams of four to five guys working together to be named the best ranch in Oklahoma.”
The event is for all ages to enjoy. “This is a very family-friendly event. We will have a mechanical bull for kids, food vendors, the rodeo and the trade show. You can make it an all-day family affair!” Courtney adds.
Kids always love the mechanical bull, including little cowboy Ace Ullrich.
The Western Trading Days trade show will have plenty of Western-style goods for purchase, including saddles, handmade boots, gorgeous jewelry, housewares and more. “The show will have 80 to 100 vendors, so stop by and check out all the great items for sale,” says Courtney.
The Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo will be held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at the Claremore Expo Center, located at 400 Veterans Parkway. All events take place indoors. The free trade show opens at 3 p.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at the Claremore Expo Center, Mid-America Seeds in Talala, Welch State Bank in Coffeyville and Welch, and online at www.gettix.net. For vendor information, call Courtney Gagan at (405) 834-6565. For any other inquiries, call Lester Gagan at (918) 671-1919.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.