Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts travel to Cherokee every summer for the Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo. This annual event takes place the weekend after Memorial Day. Local resident, Bob Barnes, is the largest contractor for rodeo livestock in the area and has been involved with rodeo for over 50 years. In addition to 3 nights of quality rodeo entertainment, take in kids activities, western vendors, Rodeo Queens, a Western BBQ at the Depot, and a large parade through Cherokee.
The Cherokee Rodeo Committee is pleased to announce that $3,600 was raised at this year’s rodeo to support the flood relief efforts in Cherokee. Committee members went through the stands each night of the rodeo, passing their boots, hats and buckets to collect money for the flood victims. They collected everything from loose change to $100 bills. Thursday night raised $824 which far exceeded expectations. Friday night brought in $1,141 and Saturday raised another $840.
But the fundraising didn’t stop there. After the Saturday evening total was shared, rodeo announcer Travis Schauda announced that he was so impressed with the community of Cherokee that he would give the shirt off his back to further help the flood victims. The shirt Schauda was wearing had been autographed by many of the rodeo performers who attended the Cherokee Rodeo and was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Dan Winchell of Holzhauer Motors and Holzhauer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram was the high bidder, coming in at $400.
The Rodeo Committee matched Winchell’s contribution, bringing the grand total raised to $3,600.
This money will be donated to the Cherokee County Ministerial Association (CCMA) to be given to local families who are in need of financial assistance due to the floods.