October 8, 2012
The 5th Annual Mesalands Community College Rodeo for the Grand Canyon Region is October 12-13, 2012 at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. Ten to 13 colleges and universities from New Mexico and Arizona are expected to compete at the rodeo with a total of 300 plus entries.
“Our plans for the Mesalands Rodeo each year is to make it bigger and better and we want to thank our sponsors for making that possible,” Dr. Mildred Lovato, President of Mesalands said. “This event allows us to not only showcase our outstanding Rodeo Team, but also the City of Tucumcari.”
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Commissioner, Roger Walters, will be attending the Mesalands Rodeo for the first time this year. A new announcer stand built by Bill Menges, former Mesalands Building Trades Instructor and his students, was recently installed at the Quay County Rodeo Arena.
“We are really excited to be hosting our 5th Annual Rodeo and to have the National Commissioner attending our rodeo this year. I also want to thank Bill and his students for their hard work on our new announcer stand,” C.J. Aragon, Mesalands Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach said. “We just really want the community to come out and support the Mesalands Rodeo Team this weekend.”
On Friday the rodeo performance begins at 6 pm. The rodeo dance is 9 pm- 12 am at the Quay County Fair Barn and is open to the entire community this year. On Saturday slack begins at 9 am and the championship performance is at 6 pm.
Tickets to the rodeo are $5 for adults, $2 for children and seniors 55 and older. Tickets are available at Mesalands Community College, Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Bob’s Budget Pharmacy, Dickinson Implement Co., and Tucumcari Ranch Supply.
Admission to the Rodeo Dance is $1 with a paid rodeo ticket stub, or $5 for a couple and $3 for singles (without a paid ticket stub). Free admission for Mesalands students with I.D. and other rodeo participants with a NIRA card.