Chills and thrills on the way in the Western Week Rodeo

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 22, 2013

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Save next Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, for an exciting night out at the 58th annual Western Week Rodeo in Mabank.
UPRA-sanctioned rodeo producer Charlie W. Thompson and his son, Colt, are providing all the stock for this year’s spills and chills.
CWT Rodeo Co., headquartered in Bosque County, outside Kopperl, has won many stock awards through the years and has produced several large and well-known rodeos.
They have leased stock which have performed in Denver, Houston and San Antonio. It has even sold stock which has appeared at the PRCA WNFR in Las Vegas.
CWT stock took part in the high-point Saddle Bronc horse and high-point Bull of the United Professional Rodeo Association Finals in 2012, also the American Junior Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo in 2010.
In 2007, CWT stock performed in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Mega Finals with $100,000 in prize money, and the rodeo company was also recognized in 1981 as the Stock Contractor of the Year by the Central Rodeo Association, now UPRA.
Charlie handles the UPRA contracts, production, hiring and live stock leases, while Colt produces the North Texas High School Rodeo Association, and Texas Youth Bull Riding events.
He also cares for the livestock when home. On the road, he is a bull fighter at CWT rodeos and saves cowboys for other rodeo events, when not performing.
Sponsored by the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department, Western Week will conclude the last rodeo performance on Saturday with a barn dance at the city park pavilion, featuring Mark Bowden and Cactus Moon.
Special guest performers are also part of the lineup.
Cactus Moon includes Bowden on rhythm guitar and vocals, Skeeter Barber on bass, Mark Bowling and Joey Bellah on lead guitar and vocals, Dickie Taylor on piano and drummer Marshall Bray.
The performers have been playing country dance music for more than 20 years and have opened for performers Neil McCoy, Asleep at the Wheel and Noel Haggard.
So make sure you pack your lawn chairs in the truck and head on over to the pavilion after Saturday’s rodeo for some good old-fashioned foot-stomping country-western music.
Rodeo tickets are a value ticket at just $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The dance is free.
Check out the special section on Western Week, starting on page 1B, for a full schedule of events in Sunday, June 23, 2013 issue of The Monitor.