This year's rodeo is again being produced by Andrew's Rodeo Company of Addielou, Texas, promises to be greater than ever with an excellent lineup of contestants, specialty acts, bull fighters, and stock. Andrew's Rodeo Company has become quite popular with the rodeo associations and cowboys, providing stock for a three-night plus slack rodeo. Andrew’s ability to produce quality stock is well noted with 1999 Hall of Fame Bucking Bull, BODACIOUS, with 135 outs and only 8 qualified rides. Bodacious won Bucking Bull of the Year 1994, 1995, and Bucking Bull of the NFR 1992, 1994, and 1995. Son of Bodacious, Bo Dipping, began taking the spotlight in the Rodeo Circuit. He was awarded Rankest Bull Summer Finals in Dallas 2001 and 2002. Sports Illustrated followed his career with an article in June 2003. Ft. Worth Star Telegram and Dallas Morning News visited the Andrews Ranch summer 2003 publishing a full-page article on Sammy and BoDipping. In 2004, Outdoor Life visited the Andrews Ranch and aired a documentary called FEARLESS BODACIOUS. Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show honored Sammy during the year 2004 awarding him with a bucking chute to use as a memorial for Bo’s grave. ESPN has recently visited the Andrews Ranch and aired an insert of Sammy and Bodacious throughout the telecast of the 2005 NFR displaying the much-appreciated bucking chute.
The bull riders won’t be the only brave souls in the arena at the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year, serving as Barrelman this year will be Jeff "Slim" Garner, with a 2000-pound bull bearing down on you, it helps to have a sense of humor. It also helps to have a barrel to hide in. The only difference between Jeff Garner and a stand-up comedian, is that he’s doing his job from the middle of a rodeo arena instead of a stage with a spotlight. His job during the rodeo is twofold. He provides the laughs and banters with the announcer. But during the bull riding his more dangerous job begins. Garner is a barrelman: the cowboy who works the barrel, providing an oasis of safety for bullfighters and bull riders, in case an angry bull decides to chase them.
Returning this year as Bullfighter is Chuck Swisher. Chuck says the best part about bull fighting is the adrenaline rush and helping guys out. "The bull riders are always walking up to me and saying, 'you're crazy.'" Chuck disagrees with them. "No, they're the crazy ones. They're tied to the bulls. I'm just out there having fun." Joining Swisher for his first time since 2015 at the Ponca City rodeo scene will be Bullfighter Cody Emerson. Many may think that being a bull fighter is just pure crazy but Emerson says that there is no better feeling. “Yes, it is an adrenaline rush, but there’s so much more to it. Stepping in to save one of your buddies or getting around a bull and keeping everyone from getting in a jam is the best feeling,” he says.
"Rodeo Week" in Ponca City is celebrated with several exciting activities in the Ponca City areas including a parade downtown along Grand Avenue on Saturday morning. The parade which starts at 10 a.m. is immediately followed by the annual Kids Rodeo held in front of the Ponca City Library located at the east end of Grand Avenue. The Kids Rodeo has become an exciting tradition of the parade offering kids the opportunity to meet queens, visit rodeo clowns, and get up close to rodeo affiliated livestock. Horse rides, goat tail tying, and stick horse barrel races are just a sample of the fun activities slated for the kids.
The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, its 16 board members, and numerous supporters, invites everyone to attend this year's rodeo. "Family Night" is Thursday with adults just $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, & kids ages 12 & under FREE. Friday and Saturday performances are adults just $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, kids ages 7-12 $5, & kids ages 6 & under FREE, or buy a weekend pass and enjoy all 3 nights for $20. Advanced tickets can be found at select local businesses.