For the 57th time, students will enjoy rough-riding, roping, goats and cowbells at the all-school rodeo scheduled for 6 p.m Friday at the Taylor County Expo Center.
The rodeo will include events from the past such as “udder goat madness”Â a concert featuring Jamie Richards, a Texas country music legend who has had numerous singles hit the top-10 charts. Going hand-in-hand with the concert will be some Texas two-stepping.
The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences also will take over the mall area on Thursday after Chapel for a rodeo demonstration.
“We will have a rodeo exhibit,” said Grant Lawrence, junior wildlife management major from Bangs. “There will be goats, sheep, horses and roping dummies. We want it to be more visual.”
Individuals competing in events at the rodeo will earn intramural points for their social clubs. However, not all clubs will be participating this year.
“We haven’t really discussed it,” said Meredith Thornton, sophomore pre-med major from Cedar Hill and Alpha Kai intramural director. “I think the girls did it last year but most of them didn’t really want to this year.”
Some other clubs, including Frater Sodalis and GATA are also choosing not to enter the rodeo this year.
But the women of Sigma Theta Chi will be participating, said Libby Sinclair, sophomore marking major and intramural director from Abilene.
“We are just signing up to have a good time and do the best we can,” Sinclair said.
The men of Gamma Sigma Phi are anticipating a victory again this year after last year’s first-place finish.
“We are really excited about the rodeo,” said Michael Smith, sophomore accounting and finance major and GSP intramural director from Denton. “We’ve been working around the clock getting ready for it. Our guys won it last year and they want to repeat. It is such a great event and we are just excited to be a part of it.”
Sign-ups for the rodeo are in the campus center. It is $20 per event and each event requires four members. The general admittance ticket is $10 and can be purchased at the door. It includes entrance to the rodeo and following concert.