HPT Vernon: Santa Rosa Roundup ropes in a large crowd


VERNON,TX(RNN Texoma) - The Santa Rosa Roundup in Vernon continues into the weekend.

Friday cowboys and cowgirls filled the Santa Rosa Arena for the event that has been coming to town for 73 years.

Christina Donelson, with the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, said it brings people from out of town and business to the city.

"That's why it's so exciting for us to put on this rodeo each and every year, and it seems like every year it keeps getting bigger and there are more people that come," said Donelson.

She adds it is important to keep this tradition alive.

"It's a cultural thing, it's what drives us every day,' she said. "We just want to be able to express who we are as Vernon  people."

Something the Santa Rosa Palomino Club has been doing for about seven decades.

Members performed drills carrying Texas and American flags. Click here to watch them open up the rodeo.

While many make their way out to this event every year, 13-year-old Xavier Stafford got a taste for the first time.

He was ready to see what the cowboy life is all about.

"It's fun, I get to see bulls when they get mad and experience them, and I can even tell my teacher about it," he said.

An experience he, like many others, are glad to share with the family.

On the other side of the arena, the competitors got ready to take on some bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and more. 

There were some hometown boys, even a few international riders all the way from Germany and Canada.

Mitchell Gardner came in from Dover, Oklahoma.

"This is my fourth time to be here the last 5 years," said Gardner. "I like this little rodeo the committee works really hard at it."

He said it always seems to rain, but those who put the Roundup together make it happen no matter what.

"Always get rain but they work really hard on getting the ground good for everybody and the stocks outstanding," said Gardner. "I just enjoy."

The last day to head out to the Santa Rosa Roundup is Saturday.

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