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News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, June 7

Alexandra Hernandez and Olivia Veeman each received $4,000 scholarships from the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo Foundation on June 7. Hernandez, a 2021 graduate of St. Paul High School, played volleyball and basketball and ran track throughout her high school career. She was part of her school’s FFA chapter, National Honor Society, DECA, Key Club, Health Occupation Club, and was editor-in-chief for her school’s yearbook. Veeman, a 2021 graduate of Veritas School in Newberg, Ore., was part of the drama club, ran track and field for two years, and was part of the concert choir and yearbook club. Hernandez, who won the scholarship given to a St. Paul High School student, volunteered at the rodeo as part of the school’s booster club, parking cars and helping with setup. Veeman’s father, Dr. Richard Veeman, is the official veterinarian for the St. Paul Rodeo. Both women plan on going into the field of dentistry. This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30 through July 4, with performances daily at 7:30 pm (MDT) and a matinee on July 4 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at StPaulRodeo.com.


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kan., the rodeo’s logo will be placed on Pepsi cans in the central Kansas area. Mahaska Bottling Co. will distribute 60,000 Pepsi cans, with the rodeo’s logo on the back, at area grocery and convenience stores. The cans will be sold in 12 and 24 packs and will hit the shelves in the next few weeks, said Larry Brake, rodeo committeeman and coordinator of the project. The cans will be distributed in the general area of Salina, to Concordia, to Manhattan, Kan. The same project was done for the rodeo’s 50th anniversary in 1995. The 75th Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 4-7 at the Central Kansas Free Fair. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. (CDT). Tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. They can be purchased at various locations around the Abilene area, online at www.ckff.net and at the gate. For more information, visit the website at WildBillHickokRodeo.com or call 785.263.4570.


Sowing Good Deeds applications now open. This season, one rodeo committee has a chance to win a Massey Ferguson® tractor for the charitable work that committee does. As a proud sponsor of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, AGCO® Corporation, through its brands Hesston® and Massey Ferguson, recognize that PRCA-sanctioned rodeos contribute significant support for local, regional and national charities and organizations. These charitable efforts by rodeo committees are making a positive impact on members of the various communities. Hesston and Massey Ferguson, through its Sowing Good Deeds initiative, want to raise awareness of these many local efforts and reward one PRCA committee each year whose impact goes above and beyond. Agco will share the stories of rodeo teams across the country who are Sowing Good Deeds in their communities and will reward one of those committees with a new tractor. The deadline to apply for the Sowing Good Deeds initiative is Sept. 15. The five finalists will be announced by Oct. 31. The Sowing Good Deeds initiative is open to all PRCA-sanctioned rodeo committees, regardless of size. Rodeos can enter at http://bit.ly/SowingGoodDeeds.

Courtesy of PRCA

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