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Rodeo: Watch for the date

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Rodeo announcer Brandon McLagan.
By Marilyn Knutson

With the current shelter in place order by the government to battle COVID-19, the rodeo is on hold. We will have a rodeo, but until we are informed that social distancing is no longer in place and we can sit in the grandstands, we will wait. We will again have a big screen TV sponsored by Rinne’s Tire Pro given away on Thursday night to kick it off in high fashion. There will be a presale of tickets, a military night, and Saturday Downtown with a parade, so stay tuned for weekly updates, details and stories introducing the crew that will join us for our wild and western, three-day event.
 Now to get to know your Announcer, Brandon McLagan, from Elmer, Mo. He started announcing at the age of 15 and has continued to work in the industry 60 performances a year (with auctioneering, it keeps him busy.) His family is also involved. Brandon’s wife, Katie, plays the music, while he announces on horseback in the arena. They bring the family with them: a son, 15-years-old and a daughter, 5-years-old. From May to October, they see many sights in the USA.
Brandon has announced for many different rodeo sanctioning organizations: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, United Rodeo Association, Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association, Iowa Rodeo Association, also many in Texas, and Nebraska. Four times, he has been chosen to announce the International Finals Rodeo.
He is a close friend with Chris Pyle, our past announcer, and actually worked his first rodeo with Chris. You see, rodeo is a real family; you never know which member of the family will show up to entertain you.

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