Rodeo rolls into fair week

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Brandon McLagan (left) is the announcer for the 24th annual Allen County Fair Rodeo Tuesday and Wednesday at Riverside Park. Dusty Myers (middle) is the funny man in the barrel for the two-day event and Mark Evans (right) is the sound man for the rodeo.

It’s rodeo time in Allen County. The Allen County Fair Rodeo is set for a two-night run Tuesday and Wednesday at the fairgrounds in Iola’s Riverside Park.
Performances are at 8 o’clock nightly at the Lyle Dreher Roughriders Arena. Tickets for each performance can be purchased at the gate for $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10. Children under 5 will be admitted free when with a paid adult.
The 2009 rodeo is sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association (URA) and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA). Rodeo fans will see some of the top rodeo contestants in nine events of URA competition at the Allen County rodeo this week.
Those nine events are bareback bronc riding, calf roping, Forty-and-Over calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, team toping and bull riding.
Six Crowns Rodeo Company of Lincoln, Mo., is the stock contractor for the event providing the rodeo’s rough stock. Six Crowns Rodeo is a family operation headed by Skeet Davis.
Brandon McLagan of Lone Jack, Mo., is the rodeo announcer for both nights. Six Crowns is bringing Lucas Little and Paxton Vroman as bull fighters and Dusty Myers of Jumper Town, Miss., as the funny man in the barrel.
“Two years ago when Iola had the flood, I was scheduled to work the Allen County rodeo. Last year, I had a prior commitment so I’m excited about coming to Allen County in August,” McLagan said.
“I’ve worked with Skeet Davis for 16 years and I love the sport of rodeo. I competed in rodeo events while growing up all the way through college.”
McLagan got his start announcing rodeos early — 15-years-old — and was hooked on the profession. He is a rodeo announcer and is an auctioneer specializing in bucking bull and rodeo livestock sales.
“My job at the rodeo is to inform the fans on the action, the cowboys and cowgirls competing and the stock plus help entertain the crowd,” McLagan said. “Speaking of entertainment, the Allen County rodeo crowd will really enjoy Dusty Myers as the funny man and barrel man for the rodeo.”
McLagan said he and Myers had been friends for years and have worked many rodeos together. Also Mark Evans of Bogata, Texas, joins McLagan in the announcer’s booth as the sound man for the rodeo.
Rodeo sponsors are B&W Trailer Hitches, Humboldt, and Twin Motors Ford, Iola.