The Crossett Riding Club’s 71st Annual PRCA Rodeo will be in town a few months earlier this year with events planned for this weekend to kick it off.

It’s not too late for businesses to decorate in red, White and blue western gear for this year’s contest, but the deadline is approaching soon. This year’s winners will be announced at one of the new events planned for Saturday, The Crossett Rodeo Roundup.

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Rodeo Roundup on Saturday from 2pm until 5pm in downtown Crossett.

Mandy White, the Chamber’s executive director, said there will be rides, games entertainment and various types of vendors. The laser tag, monkey motion game, mechanical bull, zip line, rock wall, and trackless train are all sponsored by the donors of Crossett’s Christmas in Crossett event. The event was moved because of the weather and to avoid losing deposits on the items, White said they were able to change the rental dates.

“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the afternoon; there will be something for everyone to enjoy,” White said.

The roundup event will be followed by a street dance featuring live music by the Zac Dunlap band at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by First State Bank and Murphy’s Auto body. This will be the band’s third year to perform at Crossett’s annual street dance.

On Wednesday, May 29, Southeast Insurance will host its second rodeo event and this year they are calling it Western Wednesday. The event will be from 2pm until 4pm in the parking lot of Southeast Insurance and will feature a blueberry pie eating contest, free popsicles, and other fun activities including a live performance by Todd Bradshaw, a Kenny Chesney impersonator. According to Whitney Gill with Southeast Insurance, Bradshaw is well known in Branson for his show titled “Kenny Chesney.”  

“We are right here on Main Street and we enjoy doing something to help get everyone excited for the parade,” Gill said.

The annual rodeo parade will be at 4pm on Wednesday May 29 and for more information about parade rules and entering the float contest, contact Cherub Alford at the Crossett Economic Development office.

The two best businesses will be announced and receive prizes on May 24. White said businesses must be decorated by May 23 at 5pm.

The sponsors who donated in December for the games and entertainment include: First State Bank, First National Bank, Georgia Pacific, Ingevity, McDonald’s, Murphy’s Autobody, Timberline FCU, Steve’s Body and Frame, Southeast Insurance, Mechanisms, Lakewood Family Dental, Citizens Bank, Ricon, Rodgers Financial, Ashley County Family Dentistry, Ideal, Amanda Friedman, Streetman and Gibson, Kiwanis, Bakers Pharmacy, Holt Auto, Medder’s funeral home and Mary Reed.

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