WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Six years ago, two former professional rodeo cowboys began a conversation about bringing pro rodeo back to Wichita Falls.
So, they did. Sonny Deluna and Kurt Tucker formed a nonprofit called Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo Association. It got its start in the Bridwell Ag Center and was so successful the men had to begin thinking bigger.
The pair moved operations to the Kay Yeager Coliseum where they have made it an entertainment type rodeo much like the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
“We thought, ‘let’s do this, let’s bring professional rodeo back to Wichita Falls in a different setting to where everybody could come out and enjoy it.’ Not just the outside out of town people but city people that have never been to a rodeo and maybe they’ve seen it on TV but we thought, we want to do it and we figured what better way than just bring it to the coliseum,” Deluna said.
The rodeo is this Friday and Saturday night. Last year the event had the largest walk up for tickets of the year. So, organizers are encouraging you to get your tickets in advance.
“We’re looking for a big crowd. We really want people to come out early, get their tickets. Because last year there were long lines both nights. So, if you’re coming out get your tickets early, plus you can save money,” Deluna said.