A Local Tradition for over 50 Years
July 26th 2012 will kick off the 57th Annual Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo. Our event is one of the most entertaining and exciting events that takes place in Fannin County each year. Thousands of people of all ages and walks of life, look forward to attending this annual event, and the experience seems to get better each and every year.
"We're probably the oldest and have been around the longest," said Haynes Kueckelhan while talking about the upcoming rodeo held on his ranch in Bonham, Texas.
"When we held our first rodeo, we never dreamed it would grow to it's present size and popularity.
"It started out as a place to practice and to have fun. My dad, Howard, backed me up and let us have competitions, and the business just mushroomed," said the tall, slim rodeo head. Haynes lives rodeoing, promotes it and gets up each morning to supervise preparation for it on his ranch. He knows what he's talking about, because he is on of the founders of the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association. He served as President, overseeing the seven-state regional CRRA in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
Haynes thought back as he recalled, "That first year, we had one performance Saturday night. An old hog wire fence with two bucking chutes for the First Invitational Rodeo. We didn't have any bleachers church pews were borrowed from the nearby Corinth Baptist Church (which the Kueckelhan's have always attended) and the pews were set up on the back of a float trailer for the fans seats.
"That's where we have come from," Kueckelhan concluded as he gazed around the all metal arena that now seats over 5,000.
Thursday Night's Musical Guest: DERYL DODD
Kueckelhan Rodeo is proud to welcome Texas born musician, singer, songwriter and producer, Deryl Dodd, AKA “The Double D”. Deryl has had a long and colorful career, entering the music scene in Waco, Texas in 1987. After four years of constant touring with several Texas bands, he had the opportunity to open a show for legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. Following the performance, he was invited backstage to meet Mr. Dillon, where he complimented Deryl's songwriting and arranged to meet with him in Nashville. So he did. "People ask me how you get into the music business. You just get out there and do it. You've got to have great love and passion for it. It's important to know your strengths and limitations, and when doors open, be prepared when you walk in." read more >>
Scheduled to Appear NIGHTLY:
Anothony Lucia - Trick Roper and Announcer
Anthony Lucia grew up in the rodeo business traveling the country with his father, Tommy Lucia. Anthony began trickroping at the age of 9 and performed at his first event when he was 11 yrs old in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since that day, Anthony has performed at events from Raleigh, N.C. to Dillon, Montana to the 2010 Great Lakes PRCA circuit finals in Louisville, Kentucky. At the 2010 Wrangler National Finals rodeo in Las Vegas, NV, Anthony was twice featured as an opening act. Beyond the rodeo arena, Anthony made it to the semifinals on the hit TV show "America’s Got Talent" on NBC. For the last 3 years, Anthony has hosted "Live with Anthony Lucia" at the Sands Country Christmas gift expo during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On his show he features the biggest and brightest names in pro rodeo, as well as country music superstars, and even an occasional visit from NASCAR analysts and headlining comedians. When Anthony is not on a stage or trick roping, he is competing in the sport of team roping and has started to make his presence known among the best in the world by winning events and rodeos. He set an arena record in Ft. Worth, TX with a time of 3.6 seconds.
Wearing the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, Trish Lynn and the All American Cowgirl Chicks are an equestrian drill team, exemplifying the true meaning of their western heritage as they entertain crowds while riding for a cure for cancer.
The Cowgirl Chicks are a group of spectacular rodeo cowgirl's who reach for their personal dreams and goals by providing a top rodeo entertainment program to give back to those who are battling the deadly disease called cancer. With each performance they ride in honor of one of these victims. It gives this team a purpose of riding for others and donating their proceeds to a family or an individual in need.
For information on the Cowgirl Chicks visit www.cowgirlchicks.com