By Lon Tegels
College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Monticello, AR- The 17th annual Weevil Stampede is set to take place April 6-8 in Monticello, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) Rodeo Team is excited to host the event, and this year promises to be better than ever. One of the team’s members, Cole Skender, is showing lots of promise this spring in the bull riding event. Skender took first place last week at the rodeo in Pearl River, Mississippi, with a ride of 85. UAM Coach Rusty Jones is impressed with Skender’s performances.
Nearly 18 teams from the region will compete in nine events, with between 260-270 students vying for a chance to go to the National Championship Rodeo. The Weevil Stampede will feature professional-caliber livestock from Universal Pro Rodeo, the same stock contractor used in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.
The Weevil Stampede is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their skills in the rodeo arena. The UAM Rodeo Team is an incentive to help students keep their grades up, finish their degrees, and enjoy their college experience by doing something they are passionate about. Coach Jones has recruited from all over the country, including Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Indiana, in addition to a good number from Arkansas.
The event will take place at the Drew County Fairgrounds, and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12, and free for children five and under. Students with a UAM ID can get in for $5. The Stampede wouldn’t be possible without the support of local sponsors, including Axles Plus, Drew County Farm Bureau, Heritage Poultry, C & L Electric, Searcy & Associates, Monticello Ambulance Service, Union Bank & Trust, Southeast EMS.
If you’re looking for an exciting and family-friendly event, be sure to attend the 17th annual Weevil Stampede in Monticello, Arkansas. You won’t want to miss the talented athletes and thrilling rodeo action!
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 twenty entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all seventy-fivecounties 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.