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Fort Myers Rodeo to return to Posse Arena

February 20, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The seventh-annual PRCA Fort Myers Pro Rodeo returns to the Lee County this weekend with the hope it will be as successful as last year's event.

It's set for Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. each night at the Lee County Posse Arena off Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers.

Margo Crowther, the rodeo's promoter, said she is looking to make the rodeo more kid friendly, with much more for them and adults to do.

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Last year’s rodeo, moved to March due to storm damage, packed the house.

"We're going to have a petting zoo, bounce houses, an obstacle course and more food vendors. We will have a mechanical bull, clothing vendors and the kids will have the calf scramble and mutton busting," Crowther said. "We're looking forward to having a great rodeo."

Last year's rodeo was pushed back to March because of the damage to the arena caused by Hurricane Irma. This year's event was pushed ahead because Crowther is eight months pregnant and would likely miss the event.

"Last year I was out rodeoing and the storm, so the date fit better. This time I'm due at the end of March and I didn't want to chance not being there," said Crowther who usually carries the American Flag at the start and competes in the barrel racing. "I'm going to be behind the scenes this year."

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The event will again feature award-winning announcer Trey Windhorst and clown Robbie Hodges, who served that role for the first few rodeos. The Cowboy Mounted Shooters will also be there for a shooting demonstration before the rodeo.

Of course, some of the nation's best cowboys and cowgirls will be there for bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, calf roping and more for their share of $20,000 in prize money.

Most of those who sign up will be in the performance. The leftover ropers and barrel racers will be in slack on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Crowther said she expects huge crowds for the rodeo.

"The last two Saturday performances sold out, so we're going to try some giveaways on Friday to get some people to come then," Crowther said. "We're really proud of what the rodeo has become."

VIP tickets are $75, which includes preferred parking, the VIP tent, unlimited food and beverages and reserved seating. General admission is $25, children age 5 to 12 are $12 and under 5 are free. Parking is $5 and gates open at 5 p.m.

The Lee County Posse Arena is at 17401 Palm Creek Dr.

For more information, go to fortmyersprorodeo.com.

 
 

 

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