EDMOND — Most people wouldn’t link Edmond and professional rodeo together, but the annual LibertyFest Rodeo will bring in some of the best and toughest rodeo competitors.
Event Chairman Carl Benne said contestants like the layout of the Edmond Round Up Club arena that bears his name.
New lights have been installed there.
"It’s just like daylight during the night,” Benne said.
He said a record 204 competitors from as many as 12 states are signed up for this year’s event.
"In addition to being an open rodeo, this event is sanctioned by the Texas Cowboy Rodeo Association, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Kansas Professional Rodeo Association and the United Pro Rodeo,” he said.
Assisting her father, Kimberly Benne said the rodeo promises lots of action in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping and bull riding.
She said word of mouth has attracted many of the cowboys and cowgirls from several states to Edmond. "We just keep getting bigger,” she said. "If you have a good program and you put on a good rodeo and you make it enjoyable to watch or participate, then word of mouth will spread.”
This year’s rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Edmond Round Up Club’s rodeo grounds at 300 N Kelly.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger.