On Nov. 9, the event kicked off with a celebration. But, Nov. 10-13 is when the excitement heads into the arena. This 5 day event has fun for the whole family. You can meet the contestants, there is a horse show, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and of course the World Championship Ranch Rodeo which starts at 7 p.m. each night.
During the event there will be Ranch Bronc Riding, Wild Cow Milking, Team Stray Gathering and more. Tickets range from $32 to $42.
"I was one of the guys that helped start this 21 years ago and in those years we have given over 2 million dollars to ranch kids and ranch families in times of need and for education," says WRCA Board Member Gary Morton. "But, one of our main focus' is the skills of the working ranch cowboy. Like they always say, we have a lot of cowboys but you just can't see them from the road. So, we bring them to town and we let them compete against each other."
The WRCA works hard to help those in need, whether it be because of a crisis or they don't have the money to continue their education. Events like this week's WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo help the organization raise the money needed to help cowboys and ranchers around the panhandle.
Their mission is to help ranch cowboys and their family members who want to continue their education and help families who who are suffering significant hardships and who are not otherwise able to provide for their needs.
"The reason I became part of this team is because of what we are here to do. it is truly the mission that drives us," says WRCA Member Leman Wall. "The team that got together 21 years ago came together not just to produce a ranch rodeo, that's the fun part. But, the money we raise by the support of those in the community, when you buy a ticket to these events you are actually helping to support real people."
If you would like more event information or to purchase tickets visit Working Ranch Cowboys Association.