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WINNSBORO, La. – The changes to the Deep South Rodeo Arena look spectacular, and it will be unveiled during the Deep South PRCA Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2-Saturday, Aug. 4.
“We’ve redone our arena and invested just $26,000 to do it,” said Buckshot Sims, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual rodeo. “It’s really nice, and we did it ourselves. We’ve got 30 people on our committee, and everybody worked their butts off to make it happen
“The guys from Top Hand Services have family ties to the rodeo. They painted our arena for us.”
That’s just one of the new changes happening at this year’s event. The committee also has enlisted the use of a video board, the firs time in the 61-year history of the rodeo one has been utilized. It’s all put together for a better entertainment value for the fans who flock to Deep South Arena.
“Our other arena was put up in 1957, so we tore it up and built a new one,” Sims said. “We’re just trying to do the things to match our rodeo arena with the quality of our rodeo.”
A big part of the event is the diligent staff from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which produces the annual event. Carr has been nominated five times as the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year and has many of the greatest animal athletes in the game today.
“Pete is everything to our rodeo,” Sims said. “You think about the quality stock he brings, and that’s attractive to the cowboys. He’s also straight up business. When you’re doing stuff like this, that’s the way it’s got to be.
“Pete as spent a lot of time breeding good stock, yet when he sees good stuff, he’s not afraid to purchase good animals. It shows in all three performances of our rodeo.”
It’s not just the animals that Carr has that makes the event so special; it also is the production. The Carr team will work closely with clown/entertainer Rudy Burns and announcer Andy Stewart to bring the best of the best to Winnsboro every August.
“Rudy’s been coming here 25 years, and we love having him here,” Sims said. “I think the fans relate to some of the things he does and says. Everybody likes that about Rudy. They feel like he’s just part of the community.
“Andy was here when we used to be an amateur rodeo in the late 1980s, so he’s been coming here for about 30 years. I think we were on of his first rodeos. We have watched him as he’s grown and matured. Now he’s one of the best, and we are blessed to have him.”
But there’s so much more. Just like the fans, the sponsors play a vital role in bringing the community event together. But another factor is attracting the big names in the game. The committee provides $3,000 in added money to each event, and those dollars are mixed with entry fees to come up with the total purse.
Combine that nice payout with the great production and animal athletes Carr provides, it’s a winning combination for everyone involved.