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Bronc riding will be interesting

Rangers Rodeo begins Wednesday at LO Ranch

Bronc riding is the sport which helped formed the foundation of rodeo years ago as cowboys chased down a wild mustang, roped it and then threw a saddle on its back and tried to stay on long enough to tame the animal to perform the daily tasks required on a ranch or cattle drive.

While bronc riding was a big deal back in the wild west, these days fewer and fewer cowboys are willing to climb aboard a bronc, either with a rigging in the bareback riding, or in the most traditional of all rodeo sports, the saddle bronc riding. 

That's why when the Lawton Rangers Rodeo opens Wednesday night, once again there will be a rather small field of bareback bronc riders  26 at last count  but while the numbers are low, the quality is excellent with at least two former world champions in the field, one of those being Justin McDaniel of Porum, the world champion in 2008 who is scheduled to make his bid for the title on opening night of the 76th Anniversary Lawton Rangers Rodeo, which just happens to be $25 Family Night where mom, dad and up to three children will be admitted for that low price.

Performances will begin on Wednesday and run until Saturday, Aug. 9, at the LO Ranch Arena east of Lawton. The action opens each night at 7:30 p.m. with the colorful grand entry and the opening ceremonies, followed promptly by the first action in the arena.

Tickets are now on sale and the Rangers have held the reins on ticket prices, keeping them at $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children ages 6 to 12 are admitted for $6. In addition the Rangers will once again have two special nights where people can save on ticket costs.

Wednesday's opening performance is Family Night where a family of five  parents and up to three children  will be admitted for $25. Then on Thursday it will be "Two for One" night where a couple can enter the grounds for the price of one ticket. 

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