Clipped From Panama City News-Herald
Baties. 20,000 Expected to See Show Bonifay Opens BONIFAY -- (Special) -- West, Florida's biggest event, the annual championship rodeo, will begin here Friday night at 8 o'clock with performances sQheduled for Saturday night at the same hour and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Officials of the Kiwanis Club, sponsors of the -vearly event, expect 20,000 people for his year's ousandmg program. Cowboys from all over the South and West began gathering here arly this week, getting their gear in shape for the thrilling saddle and bareback bronc riding, Brahma bull riding, bulldogging and calf roping events which carry prize money of $1,350 for the winners, in addition to the entry fees which each cowboy posts. These contest events are presented under the rules of the Rodeo Cowboys' Association of America and points earned here count for the national championship in each division. E. Pardee, a former world's ihampion calf roper, rodeo producer and rancher of Palatka, is producer of this year s event here, j and he has outstanding rodeo talent contracted to appear. Jimmy Thompson, producer of the Lions Club Rodeo a Alexandria, La., one of the South's largest rodeos, will be the announcer for this year's shows. He is well known also as a calf roper and bulldogger in Louisiana and Texas and will enter these events here. Scotty Bagnell from Chattaroy, Wash., who delighted last year's audiences with his clowning antics, bullfighting and his educated ponies, will be back again this year as the rodeo clown but has bag full of rew tricks, of which is a rope-walking dog Pardee said yesteiciav he has four of the best trick riders in the business under contract and they will thrill the audiences with then daring performances each day An added feature this 5 ear is Hurricane," a 1500-pound Bran- gus bull which has never been ridden, although he has been used m dozens of rodeos over the country. This half Brahma and half- Angus is said to hsu e a horn of nearly six feet and a special purse will go to the cowboy who able to stay with him the required number of seconds Two trailer trucks loaded with Texas, bronchos were brought to Bonifay last week by Pardee for m the rodeo. These horses have never been ridden and are "as as they come." Pardee says J. Brown Miller, president of Bonifay Kiwanis Club, extends a cordial invitation to citizens from neighboring cities in Florida, Ala- OPEN 12:45 P. M.