Between 260 and 270 rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from 16 colleges and universities will compete at the 16th annual Boll Weevil Stampede hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello, April 21-23.
Competition begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Drew County Fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and UAM students with UAM I.D., and free for children 5 and under.
Students on collegiate rodeo teams from Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana and Arkansas will compete in nine events for a chance to go to the National Championship Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming in June.
Competition will be held in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, goat tying, and breakaway roping. Men will compete in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and team roping. Women will compete in barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping.
The top 10 from Thursday and Friday will move to the finals on Saturday.
UAM Coach Rusty Jones said several UAM Rodeo team members are in the running to win the region or place in the top three to make the national finals. He has taken competitors to nationals in 10 of the 12 years he has been rodeo coach at UAM.
This year, there are 13 members on the UAM rodeo team.
“I have a great group of athletes that I enjoy being around,” Jones said. “They are going to work hard and going to try and put on a rodeo that we can be proud of, the town can be proud, and the university can be proud.”