Due to a lack of sponsors to contribute money for the event, the Clements Stampede Rodeo Committee decided to cancel its annual rodeo scheduled for Sept. 10.
Stampede committee members held 20 meetings during a 13-month period to organize the event, and they are saddened that they are unable to move forward this year, according to committee secretary Linda Fields Stiehr.
The rodeo would have been the 69th annual. It was previously held in May.
"The cowboys were coming, and the spectators were coming, but we didn't get enough support of sponsors," Stiehr said.
However, there will be plenty of activity on Saturday at the Clements Stampede grounds. The Clements Junior Rodeo, featuring the cowboys of tomorrow, will be held from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The rodeo may continue after that and possibly into the evening, depending on the number of entries, Stiehr said.
The grounds are on the north side of Highway 88, opposite Clements Road. Parking is free, and food will be available. Spectators may also bring a picnic lunch.
The larger September rodeo was planned to be a professional event for the first time in 10 years, Stiehr said. The idea was to be a 9/11 memorial rodeo, with proceeds to benefit local firefighters and police officers.
There is some talk of moving the rodeo date to May 2012 to continue the tradition, Stiehr said.
The Clements Stampede Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Clements Buckaroos clubhouse. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, Stiehr said.
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