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Oklahoma City Ready to Rodeo with the International Finals Rodeo Scheduled
By Tourism Industry Partner
(Oklahoma City, OK— December 29, 2010) – Born in Oklahoma 41 years ago the IFR crowns the World Champions of the IPRA at the State Fair Arena, January 14-16, 2011.
The IPRA is the rodeo industries second largest cowboy and cowgirl association with over 300 rodeos in 30 states and Canada. It is no accident that the IFR is known as the rodeo “Where Legends Begin.” Some who have competed at the IFR – Terry Don West, Dan Dailey, Speed Williams, Roy Duvall and Betty Roper. This year’s All-Around title is a tight race between Shawn Minor of Camden, OH and Justin Thigpen of Waycross, GA. Both have qualified for IFR41 in two events: Minor in bareback and saddle bronc riding; Thigpen in calf roping and steer wrestling.
Las Vegas plays host to the WNFR and has been good for the sport, but it is Oklahoma City that is first and foremost with western roots. During IFR week, OKC proudly celebrates with special week long annual events and attractions for all rodeo fans, including the Bucking Stock Sale, IPRA Convention, Contract Acts Showcase, Western Trade Show and Miss Rodeo USA Pageant.
The IFR prides itself on bringing in special activities each year. A few of the bucking stock selected to the IFR in the Saddle Bronc Riding appears on George Strait’s new movie Pure Country II and for news outlets, a great grandson of Secretariat, the 1974 Triple Crown winner will be on hand to assist in local coverage.
Rodeo performances are:
Friday, January 14 - 7:30pm
Saturday, January 15 - 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, January 16 - 1:30pm
Sunday January 16, 12 Noon to 1:20pm OG&E will again sponsor their annual Kids Day. Kids are permitted on the arena floor for special activities and autographs. Plus each Kid 12 and under gets a free cowboy hat.
Tickets are family priced at $20 & $32 while kids 12 and under are ½ price. Advanced tickets purchased by January 8 are discounted $9.
Discount coupons are available at participating Love’s, Taco Bell, Tener’s, Sheplers, and Langston’s Western Stores.
To reserve your seats go to www.tickets.com or call 1-800-511-1552 or go to the State Fair Arena ticket office 10am - 5pm Monday- Friday.
For additional information about IFR 41 activities and special ticket promotions go to www.ifrodeo.com.
IFR 41 sponsors include Love’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Ram, O’Reilly Auto Parts, OG&E, T&W Tire, and Wrangler.
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