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Sep 21
Jackpot will raise money for MPCC Rodeo Team

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The MPCC Rodeo Team will host a timed event jackpot Oct. 8-9 in McCook. Proceeds will benefit the rodeo team. 

The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will benefit from a timed event jackpot Oct. 8-9 in McCook. 

It's the third year for the fundraiser, but the dates are different. Traditionally, the jackpot is the first week of November, however, due to livestock availability, it had to be bumped up this year. 

"I think the move will be good for our contestants," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. "I think our participation level will be higher because a lot of our team members send their horses home for the winter after the season ends in October. Plus, there are teams from schools in Kansas that will be more apt to enter for the same reason." 

The lineup of events will also change this year. As always, pole bending and the 4-D barrel race will be on the first day, however, goat tying and breakaway roping will also be added on Oct. 8. Exhibition barrels will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the actual competition at noon. 

On Oct. 9, the activities will start with calf roping at 10 a.m., then steer wrestling and two sections of team roping. 

All events will be at the Kiplinger Arena at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. They are free to watch, although the Wranglers, the booster committee for the MPCC Rodeo Team, will collect free-will donations for the team. 

The team will also benefit from all the entry fees for barrels and poles and 60 percent of the stock charge. 

"Last year, we made somewhere around $8,000, and I think we can do that or better this year," said Nokes. "It's going to be a great event. In addition to area high school and college students, a lot of top-notch amateur and professional cowboys and cowgirls will be competing." 

The Wranglers will provide concessions and have team merchandise available for purchase.

More information about the jackpot is available by contacting Nokes at

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​