MONTICELLO -- Fans of horses, cowboys, and cowgirls can put their boots on. The rodeo is coming to Monticello.
COVID-19 has not gone away, but after careful considerations and newly implemented guidelines, the event will go on. The 2021 Weevil Stampede will take place as scheduled this year.
The announcement was made Monday by the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Dean Robert Ficklin and Head Rodeo Coach Rusty Jones.
"Our UAM rodeo student-athletes are known for working hard in the arena and the classroom. I know the whole team is looking forward to hosting this event, and they are already preparing to welcome other rodeo teams from the region. Things will be a little different from past Weevil Stampedes, but I know our athletes will compete hard, as they always do. Coach Jones is planning the event to comply with COVID protocols, so everyone can be sure to have a safe and enjoyable rodeo experience," said Ficklin.
Jones says this year will mark the 16th year for the Drew County event. "We are excited to be able to host this year's event. We are proud to be able to provide the region with affordable family fun and entertainment,” he said.
Last year the rodeo was hit with heavy rain on Friday. Saturday's competition moved from evening to the afternoon to accommodate incoming weather. The championship round proceeded without a hitch as storms moved in later in the evening. The three-day event also has an economic impact it has on our community by helping local business, said Jones.
The event will take place April 1-3. Last year's rodeo was the last event of the season before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. The NIRA canceled the rest of the Ozark Region's season due to the pandemic.
Masking will be required at this year's event. UAM Rodeo Coach and organizer Jones say that seating will be limited to about 400 people to remain in compliance with state health guidelines. The event starts on Thursday at 7 p.m. Fifteen teams from the Ozark region are expected to participate. The event will continue Friday night, with the show beginning at 7 p.m.
The Championship Round to be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Concessions and parking will be available.
Watch collegiate cowboys and cowgirls compete in the following events.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Break Away Roping