From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
When the weather gets cooler and days a little shorter, it's rodeo time at Malakoff High School.
The booster organization, Malakoff Young Farmers, is hosting the annual Fall Stampede, Oct. 5. The Stampede features an open/youth rodeo with an 8 p.m. start at the Joe Faulk Memorial Arena behind the Malakoff High School, on Farm to Market 3062. There will be activities for young children beginning at 7 p.m.
Malakoff Young Farmers is a group of educators, parents and community members who work to help the local Future Farmer’s of America Chapter at Malakoff High School.
The organization puts on two Junior/open rodeos each year, an open barrel race in February and a team-roping. The money raised is used to provide meals, drinks and snacks for livestock shows, and two deserving seniors are offered a scholarship each year.
The Fall Stampede features a full slate of popular events including:
• Tie Down Calf Roping;
• 18 and under Tie Down Calf Roping;
• 18 and under Breakaway;
• Open Breakaway roping;
• 18 and under Barrels;
• Open Barrels;
• Four and Under Team Roping;
• More than four Team Roping;
• 14 to 18 year-old Bull riding ;
• Open Bull riding (age 18 and over).
Rodeo organizers encourage the public to come out to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and support the Malakoff FFA students and their booster organization.
The Young Farmers also hope that those in town and taking part in Malakoff's homecoming weekend will include the rodeo in their plans.
Anyone who would like to compete can call in entries at 903-203-1310, Monday through Friday. Books will open at 5 p.m. on performance day and close at 7:30 p.m. Stock contractor for the event is Jeff Harris.
The arena is located on FM 3062. From State Highway 31, go north on State Highway 198, then left on FM 3062 and watch for the signs.