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Lindale Rodeo gets 'bigger and better' every year

LINDALE, Texas (KETK) - It's that time again, the I-20 Team Real Estate Lindale Championship Rodeo is here for the 30th year in a row. Each year, it takes a whole crew to put on a successful show. Friday afternoon they were setting up to prepare for night two.

"I'm 30 years old so I've been here every year of my life probably," laughed Payden Franks.

His family has been providing stock for the Lindale Rodeo since the very beginning.

"There's a misconception sometimes with rodeo that we make them buck," he said. "We put a flank on them but they're treated awesome. We feed, grain, hay, they get fed before we leave here, before we feed ourselves."

Organizers said the event grows every year and it's a family environment. 

"We have so many events for kids. We give away $500 in one dollar bills to six and under. It's like a vacuum cleaner. They just pick that money up," said Rodeo Chairman Dennis Taylor. 

Taylor said the weekend features riders from seven states.

"The stands will be packed. Nine categories of championship rodeo will be right here," said Rodeo Announcer Brandon Motley. "Some of the greatest contestants, perennial members of the top 50 in about every category of the rodeo."

This is Motley's first year in Lindale, but he will be the guy on the loud speaker to listen for. 

"We just kind of feed off each other," he said talking about his relationship with funny guy, Ronald Burton. "We'll tell a joke or we have little inside things that we kind of pick at each other about."

Even when we were ready for the next interview, they had to do 'rock, paper, scissors,' to decide.

"I win! Winner Winner chicken dinner. That's two lunches you owe me," he said to Burton.

"This is my third year to come to the Lindale rodeo and I tell you, I've seen it get bigger and better. The crowds are fantastic," said Rodeo Clown and Barrel Man Burton.

"My goal is, for the two hours we're here, to take everybody's minds off the work week they've had," he said.

When you see a guy distracting the bull from the rider, that's Travis Warrick. He drove in from Arizona to be here.

"When you roll through a gap and pick a bull's head up and he comes with you and that bull rider gets to the fence safe, it all works out smooth and everybody steps away clean. It's a good feeling knowing you helped somebody out," said Warrick.

If you're wondering if he's been hurt before, we asked.

"You want to start at the head and work toward the toes or start at the toes and work towards the top?" laughed Warrick.

No matter their role this weekend, they all keep coming back for more.

Live music will be on the schedule with rodeo action getting under way at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $10 at the gate and kids are $5. Events include bull riding, mutton bustin, calf scramble, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding and much more. Saturday is "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night. 

For more information, contact the LACC 903-882-7181.





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