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IFR notebook: Award honors announcer

BY ED GODFREY, STAFF WRITER, EGODFREY@OPUBCO.COM Published: January 17, 2010
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Mark McGee, who announced the International Finals Rodeo seven times, was killed last May at age 47.

McGee was riding a lawnmower at his home near Valliant when a pickup crashed into him.


To honor McGee, the IFR announced the creation this year of the Mark McGee Memorial Award. It will be given annually to a rodeo announcer.

This year’s recipient is IFR announcer Alan Moorhead of Beach Island, S.C.

IFR record broken
At Saturday’s second go-round, tie-down roper Ken Bailey of Henryetta set an IFR State Fair Arena record with a run of 7.4 seconds.

Bailey broke the record of 7.5 seconds that had been established by his cousin, Walt White of Ochelata, and P.J. Spencer of Collinsville.

Ohio cowboy looks to move up
Shawn Minor of Camden, Ohio, has a chance to win International Professional Rodeo Association world titles at the IFR in the all-around, saddle bronc and bareback bronc events.

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