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Posse arena to hold high-payout barrel race

October 17, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

For more than a year, the Lee County Posse Arena has been working hard to put the pieces together following Hurricane Irma, which did heavy damage to the facility and forced the cancellation of the Cracker Day Rodeo.

On Friday and Saturday, the arena will hold its biggest fundraising event since the storm with a WPRA-approved open 4D Barrel race at the arena on 14701 Palm Creek Drive as part of its Go Fast for Cash Series.

The stakes will be high for this one as $2,500 has been added to the pot, of which all four groups will share equally. That will result in what should be more than $5,000 in total prize money, with the overall winner getting a really nice payday for an event that should bring in more than 100 barrel racers.

Cathy Charron, who organizes the jackpot races, said the arena is trying to raise money to continue the its repairs.

"The one way to make money is to have a huge jackpot race like this to bring in a lot of people. There are a lot of rodeos going on in Florida right now that are WPRA-approved (Women's Professional Rodeo Associations), so we are adding that so those girls can come to compete," Charron said.

It kicks off Friday with a warm-up barrel race starting at 8 p.m. (6 p.m. for exhibition riders) with a smaller pot. The Saturday race, the big race, is expected to open for sign-ups at 8 a.m. with the race starting at noon.

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The entry fee will be $40 and will continue right up until the day of the race. There will also be a $25 sidepot for both the youths and adults.

In 4D barrel racing, the racers are divided into four groups, the fastest, those a half-second behind, a full second behind and two seconds behind. Those who are fastest in those four groups will win a share of the pot, giving riders of different ability a chance to win.

With the riders getting 70 percent of the entry money, 100 riders would mean $2,800 in the pot with the $2,500 added. Charron said it will be a good payoff.

The entry fees also will help the arena raise money for the Cracker Day Rodeo in January, which Charron said is coming along nicely. The arena has a new drag and tractor and the grounds are better than ever, she said.

For more information, call Charron at 229-0944.



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