June 3, 2016 By: Sandi Argo
The 61st annual Jack County Sheriff Posse Rodeo is this weekend. In the yearly tradition, the Lions Club fed the multitudes fresh fried catfish, with all of the fixings. What was different about this year’s event is that with all of the rain that has (and is) falling, it feels like the catfish might have been caught in the front yard of any of the Lions Club members. Heavy rains have been moving through the area for several days. When combined with the runoff from storms in the last few months, the ground is completely saturated all over the county. Including the rodeo grounds and arena. The good news is 1.) This is rodeo we are talking about and a “little rain” won’t stop these guys and gals from climbing onto the backs of their horses or bulls to compete. 2.) The arena has a deep, sandy base. Once the rain slows down or stops, the water will normally soak in fairly quick. For the crowd that braved the elements, the show did go on, with no serious incidents to competitors, livestock or fans reported.
The annual Rodeo Parade was cancelled because of the rain. With hopes eternal, people sat waiting under the awnings in front of the businesses that line the square. Scheduled for a 5 pm start, the Jacksboro Police Department and Sheriff elect Tom Spurlock began notifying onlookers of the change in plans as soon as cancellation was determined. The catfish fry was moved to the bottom floor of the Jack County Courthouse, where folks feasted in the assembly room. The Jack County Museum sold homemade ice cream and chances for a quilt, deer blind and a flat bed trailer that they are giving away at the Pioneer Days on Saturday.
Regardless of the soaking rains, the city and county have a lot of things for entertainment this weekend. The words “I’m bored” definitely should not be uttered by anyone that has access to a car! Have a great weekend, and thanks for supporting all of these great organizations and their events! One more thing to mention, the Perrin Community Club will be holding their annual fund raiser tomorrow night, June 4th, at the Perrin High School gym. If you want to support the Perrin FFA and 4H, come on out and enjoy a great meal and entertainment. An ATV will be given away in a “draw down” raffle. Only 300 tickets are being sold, at 450 per ticket. Each ticket includes 2 STEAK dinners! Additional meal tickets can be bought at the door for $10. It’s a great way to support local youth!