One week until Monroeton Rodeo
Randy Morgan and his daughter, Tiffany Putnam, both of Troy, are preparing for the Monroeton Rodeo, scheduled for Sept. 8 at Mountaineer Park.
The duo is entered to compete together in the team barrel racing event, one of seven classes of competition that will be showcased on Sunday. Tiffany is also planning on entering the cowgirl barrel racing event with high hopes of taking first place.
The rodeo, hosted by the Rawhide Rodeo Company and presented by All-American Rodeo, will bring an opportunity to perform in front of many friends and family, Putnam said.
"I am excited to be able to compete so close to home," she said.
Putnam said she has been competing in rodeos for about 20 years, including numerous national event appearances on the professional level.
She said she is very happy to be able to share a hobby with her father, which has brought her and her family closer together over the years.
"I think being able to share a hobby with my dad is great, and I love hauling with him to events. I think it makes us closer and keeps us closer - and who better to go on the road with and win than my dad," Putnam said.
Morgan agreed, saying that he has been going to rodeos for about 30 years and used the hobby as a way to bring the family closer together, which has been a success.
"The whole idea from the beginning is to get the whole family involved," he said.
Putnam described her mom, Donna Morgan, as her number one fan who goes to all of the rodeos throughout the season, from June to September.
Unlike some competitors, who have shied away from traveling to bigger events due to rising gas prices, Putnam said that she and her family have been busier than ever on the rodeo circuit.
The highlight of her rodeo adventures is a 10th place finish at a national level event that she accomplished as a senior in high school.
As for the Monroeton Rodeo itself, Putnam and her father are excited to have an event close to home and are hoping for a successful first year, they said.
The ease of competing near home is an important one to Putnam, who is newly married and is also mother to a 1-year-old, Blake.
"Between working as a high school teacher, being a mother and practicing for rodeos, things can be difficult sometimes," she said.
Putnam said she still tries to practice every day and continues to look for ways to improve.
"Rodeos are a lot of fun but a lot of work too. Many people don't understand how much time and devotion that goes into it. I have late nights in the practice pen and am constantly riding but still I am always working to be better. In order to be successful you have to always be willing to get better."
The event is being organized by the Monroe Hose Company with hopes of becoming an annual event that will not only bring entertainment to the area, but generate fundraising for the fire department, according to organizer Merle Bair.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday and the Natural High Band will be featured from 10 a.m. until noon. During the pre-event festivities, children's games will be held for those between the ages of three to 12.
The seven events showcased are: bull riding, steer wrestling, bare back bronc, saddle back bronc, calf roping, team calf roping and cowgirl barrel racing.
Competitors from multiple neighboring states are expected to attend for a chance at taking home prize money. Vendors will be onsite selling items throughout the event.
Tickets are available for purchase at businesses throughout Bradford County and can also be purchased through Paypal at www.monroetonrodeo.com.
Tickets are priced at: $10 if pre-purchased or $12 at the gate for adults, $4 if pre-purchased or $6 at the gate for children aged 5-15, and $8 at the gate only for senior citizens aged 62 or older with photo I.D. for proof of age. Groups of 50 or more can purchase tickets at 10 percent off retail prices.
Those planning to attend the event are asked to bring lawn chairs, as seating may be limited based on attendance.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or firstname.lastname@example.org.