Fans of horses, cowboys, and cowgirls can put their boots on. The rodeo is coming to Monticello, Arkansas. Covid 19 has not gone away, but after careful considerations and newly implemented guidelines, the event will go on. The 2021 Weevil Stampede will take place as scheduled this year. The announcement was made Monday by the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Dean Robert Ficklin and Head Rodeo Coach Rusty Jones.
“Our UAM rodeo student-athletes are known for working hard in the arena and the classroom. I know the whole team is looking forward to hosting this event, and they are alreadypreparing to welcome other rodeo teams from the region. Things will be a little different from past Weevil Stampedes, but I know our athletes will compete hard, as they always do. Coach Jones is planning the event to be in compliance with Covid protocols, so everyone can be sure to have a safe and enjoyable rodeo experience,” said Ficklin.
Jones says this year will mark the 16th year for the Drew County Event. “We are excited to be able to host this year’sevent. We are proud to be able to provide the region with affordable family fun and entertainment. Jones says this is an opportunity for people to get out of the house after being stuck in the house all winter. “Let’s hope for good weather with clear skies,” said Jones. Last year the rodeo was hit with heavy rain on Friday. Saturday’s competition moved from evening to the afternoon to accommodate incoming weather. The championship round proceeded without a hitch as storms moved in later in the evening. The three-day event also has an economic impact it has on our community by helping local business” said Jones.
The UAM Rodeo Team is consistently competitive at both the regional and national levels. UAM students have qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming,seven years in a row. Last year’s finals were canceled due to the pandemic.
The event will take place April 1-3rd. Last year’s rodeo was the last event of the season before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. The NIRA canceled the rest of the Ozark Region’s season due to the pandemic. Masking will be required at this year’s event. UAM Rodeo Coach and organizer Jones say that seating will be limited to about 400 people to remain in compliance with state health guidelines. The event starts on Thursday at 7 p.m. Fifteen teams from the Ozark region are expected to participate. The event will continue Friday night,with the show beginning at 7 p.m. The Championship Round to be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Concessions and parking will be available.
Watch collegiate cowboys and cowgirls compete in the following events.
Men• Bareback Riding• Tie-Down Roping• Saddle Bronc Riding• Steer Wrestling• Team Roping• Bull Riding
Women• Break Away Roping• Goat Tying• Team Roping• Barrel Racing
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer