The entire Fort Hays State University community will have the opportunity to saddle up and watch FHSU alumni compete in the 39th Annual Alumni Rodeo at 10 a.m. Nov. 8.
"We want to bring the alumni back and give them a fun time for not much money," said Dr. Garry Brower, associate professor of agriculture. "This will give the alumni an opportunity to see the teams compete and reunite the members as we try to strengthen the alumni program."
Attendants will be able to watch the Central Plains Region collegiate and pro rodeo athletes compete against each other free of charge.
"Since most of the alumni have been out for one to 30-plus years, this is not going to be a fast-paced rodeo," Brower said jokingly.
Beginning at 7 p.m. that evening, a banquet, silent auction and live auction will be held in the Calvert Room of the Country Kitchen, located beside Days Inn. Proceeds will go to FHSU scholarships. Brower said that typically the auction brings between $4,000-$6,000.
One of the articles up for auction are two contractor's tickets for the first weekend of the 2003 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. These tickets. which are not available to the public, will seat the winner six rows from the arena and 30 feet from the bucking chutes.
"These are the best seats in the house," Brower said. "When the horses buck, you get dirt on you."
Another impressive item available will be a package that includes two VIP tickets to the 2003 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, motel room reservations and a VIP pass to the hospitality area of the competition.
Also up for auction are a collector's knife, a horse collar mirror, horse-shoe book ends, a horse-shoe boot scraper, stud fees, a meal for four, metal silhouettes, western art and numerous other items.
To attend the banquet and auction, RSVP Brower by noon, Nov. 4, at (785) 628-4366 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.