27th annual Mark Twain Lake Rodeo highlights local talent
Each year, thousands of people from across the Midwest flock to the Warren G. See Spillway for the Mark Twain Lake (MTL) Rodeo, a three-day rodeo marathon held around the celebration of Independence Day, is one for the record books. 2013 proved no different, drawing in a record crowd for its Saturday night performance. Among those in attendance and competing, residents of the neighboring Pike County are an annual highlight.
Mark Twain Lake, located near Perry, serves as a haven for outdoorsmen year round. Come July, the area is packed with vacationing families, avid fishermen, and boating enthusiasts. No time is busier than the Fourth of July.
Since its inception in 1986, the MTL rodeo has become renowned as the biggest event for the area, and the best in the state. In its 27 years of operation, this event has been named the MRCA’s (Missouri Rodeo Cowboy’s Association) Rodeo of the Year 26 times.
Get the story on Pike County’s finest rodeo supporters in this week’s edition of the Bowling Green Times.
Justin Patterson (left) and Lance McCollum (center) both reign from Bowling Green. As pickup men, it’s their duty to get the bucking horse rider to the ground and the horse out of the arena as safely as possible. Photo courtesy of Adrienne Ferrell, photographer.