Rams hit the rodeo for ASU Day

ASU celebrates at the 85th annual Stockshow and rodeo

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On February 8, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
A barrel racer commands her horse around the obstacles.

Students received free entry to the fairgrounds at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 3 with their OneCards in honor of ASU day.

"If you didn’t have the money to get in, you could just show your OneCard, which I thought was awesome," Kayli Sturgill, freshman, said.

The free entry gave students access to attractions such as a petting zoo, art exhibits, retail booths, food and the carnival.

"The free entry was great," Laura Dooley, senior, said. "I love the rides and can’t resist the food. I think it’s really cool that they partnered with ASU because I probably would have been deterred to go if they hadn’t."

During the rodeo performance of the night, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Jamie Akin helped untie the calves from the tie-down roping event.

"It’s an honor to represent the blue and gold colors in that venue," Akin said.

State Representative Drew Darby assisted Akin in the arena.

Akin said Darby is a great advocate for ASU, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to represent the school.

"The success ASU is seeing right now is a big part of our community supporting in us and believing in the mission of education," Akin said. "We have to be ingrained in our community. Team work makes the dream work so it is important to be a part of our community."

The rodeo is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

"I think other people should go to the rodeo just to experience it," Sturgill said. "It’s kind of one of those things that you have to be there to understand what all the hype is about. It’s San Angelo’s big event for the year so if you miss out on it, you’re missing out on history."

The San Angelo Rodeo ranks as one of the nation’s largest rodeos in total contestants and the livestock show ranks fourth in the nation in entries.

The Stock Show and Rodeo provides the largest economic impact of any event held in San Angelo adding close to $30 million annually to the economy.

"I love the rodeo so much," Sturgill said. "It is just a part of who I am and I think it’s cool that ASU obviously loves it too."

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