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Two Rodeos Approved for Liberty Field in 2014

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:58 am

The city has signed contracts for two rodeos to be held in the Liberty Field equestrian arena in 2014.

Aldermen approved the contracts at their April 1 board meeting.

On May 10-11, the Missouri High School Rodeo will host a daytime rodeo for high school cowboys and cowgirls from across the state.

The Missouri High School Rodeo Association sanctions the event, which will take place rain or shine.

Wooten Rodeo Company will conduct the high school rodeo. The cost to the city is $11,600 to provide livestock and conduct the rodeo.

At an additional cost, the city agrees to prepare the equestrian arena for the competition, provide equipment to unload and unload, have emergency vehicles on hand and provide hay and grain for livestock.

The event for young cowboys and cowgirls is a unique opportunity to bring equestrians and their families to Pacific for two days, according to City Administrator Harold Selby.

“We hear there will be about 150 contestants,” Selby said. “There will be a lot of families visiting our city.”

In October, the successful Outlaw Rodeo Productions that was here last year will return for a two-day evening rodeo.

Aldermen approved a three-year contract for Outlaw Rodeo to host competitions in Pacific in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The basic contract fee and prize money will be paid by the tourism fund. The projected cost to the city is $22,000.

Funds generated by the rodeo will be used to make improvements to the city park.

Under a similar agreement, the city took in $16,603 for the 2013 rodeo, Selby said.