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Annual rodeo includes new features

LIVINGSTON -- With the week-long 72nd Annual Trinity-Neches Livestock Show kicking off on Monday, plans for one of its signature events, the rodeo, call for both traditional and new activities.

The rodeo will be held on Thursday, March 9, and will open at 6 p.m. with the traditional TNLS Queen’s Contest in the Barney Wiggins Memorial Arena off South Houston Street (Hwy. 146) in Livingston.

Contestants from each Polk County FFA Chapter and the Polk County 4-H will take part in all of the rodeo event to claim the title of 2017’s First Place Rodeo Team.

One of the new attractions this year is something that organizers hope the audience will enjoy. Vern Kaylor of Jasper is scheduled to bring a couple of his mini-bucking bulls and plans call for a riding exhibition from one of Kaylor’s famous riders.

Then, for the crowd’s enjoyment, one of the Polk County agriculture teachers or county extension agents will ride one of the bulls. The rider will be determined by how much money their chapter or 4-H raise throughout the week. Those attending the livestock show throughout the week will be asked to place money in containers at the concession stand for each FFA chapter or the 4-H and the “winner” will be the group that raises the most money.

The funds raised by the event will be used to provide a scholarship to a senior participating in this year’s show.

Wrist bands for the rodeo will be sold throughout the day Thursday and at the gates starting at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Other events planned during the rodeo include a mutton busting for children six and younger. Registration will be prior to the start of the rodeo at the information booth by the bucking chutes.

A goat scramble also will be held for the children in the audience.

Concession workers as well as outside vendors will be on hand to offer food items.

The annual show will run through Friday, March 10, and will conclude with the annual livestock auction.

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