By Jaci Schneider, Staff Writer
The annual ACU Rodeo will be Tuesday and includes such events as goat dressing, a calf scramble, steer branding, steer wrestling and barrel racing, among others.
The rodeo will be in the Taylor County Expo Center in the Horse Barn at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event are $3 and will be sold in the Campus Center all week.
A Queen contest will also take place, with nominees from the female social clubs competing in cow pie tossing, yee-hawing, a rescue race and a flag race.
Rachel Palmer, president of the Rodeo Club and senior biology major from Longview, said the club organizes the rodeo mainly for students.
“The rodeo is a way for the Aggie Club and the Rodeo Club to serve the students and the community while providing a fun event,” she said.
Though the event is aimed toward students, Palmer said she hopes more faculty will sign up to participate this year.
The Rodeo Club requires an entry fee from each participant, but it does not make a profit from its event.
“We don’t make any money,” Palmer said. “If it comes out even, we’re doing really well.”
The rodeo depends on student ticket sales, but if students did not participate, the rodeo could not take place, Palmer said.
The Rodeo Club has been working on the rodeo since last April, Palmer said.
“It seems like just one day, but really it takes forever to get all the people, animals and supplies together and working towards one goal,” she said,
Amber Quaranta, sophomore psychology major from Bartlesville, Okla., said she has been helping plan the rodeo by making signs and finding sponsors for the event. She said she plans to participate in the barrel races and in one of the team events.
“I am very excited,” she said. “It’s a fun time to get lots of people together and get to do stuff that we don’t usually do, and I like to get to know more people.”