Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Rodeo Helps Community and Its Residents

The Sallisaw Lions Club Rodeo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday offers a fun family time for everyone and prize-winning opportunities for cowboys.

But it does more than that for the community. Proceeds from the rodeo help the community and its residents in more ways than one. The Sallisaw Lions uses proceeds for various projects, and spreads the opportunities around.

The Lions invite members of the Sequoyah County Women in Business organization to help with the busy rodeo concession stand on rodeo evenings for a share of the profits. Bev Taylor, the organization’s president, said those profits help women expand their educations.

“We awarded four $1,000 scholarships to women this year,” Taylor said. “We gave three to high school seniors just beginning their college careers and we gave one $1,000 scholarship to a working woman who wants to go to college or return to college to improve or increase her skills or complete her college education.”

Rodeo spectators may have supper and snacks at the rodeo to help the community and its women. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, nachos, Frito chili pie, snow cones, cotton candy, soft drinks and lots of bottled water, Taylor said.

“The concession stand is a big contributor to our scholarship fund,” Taylor said.

The concession stand will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and usually stays open until all the competitors have finished.

Any woman interested in the Sequoyah County Women In Business group is invited to attend a monthly meeting. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month at Aroma’s.

“We’re always up for new recruits,” Taylor finished.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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