Hey, Rodeo Fans! It’s time to saddle up for the 83rd Annual Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo!
Remember that all activities kick off with the Pioneer Breakfast, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. until the food runs out. Breakfast is served at the LO Ranch Clubhouse, 2004 SE 60th St., Lawton. It’s open to the public and cost is just $5. All military personnel eat free.
Wednesday, Aug. 11, is $5-a-carload night and Thursday, Aug. 12, is 2-for-1 night. Two people get in the gate for the price of one ticket. Friday, Aug. 13, cost is $15 at the gate and Saturday, Aug. 14, is $20 at the gate. Children five years old are free all nights and ages six to 12 are $6 at the gate. Start time is 7:30 p.m. each night and all seating is general admission.
The Lawton Rangers have dedicated the 2021 rodeo to club member and President Curtis Sims, who fought a long battle with COVID-19 in the fall of 2020. After a three-month hospital stay, he was able to go home at the beginning of this year, said the Lawton Rangers’ website. His ultimate goal is to be able to ride again.
Originally known as the Buckaroo Club, the Lawton Rangers held its first rodeo in 1938. The club used the old county fairgrounds just north of the Fairmont Creamery Building. The club disbanded when the county sold the fairground property in 1944. Six of the original members decided to form a new club and it was incorporated as the Lawton Rangers on Oct. 26, 1944.
In 1958, the club purchased 40 acres where the current LO Ranch is located. A new arena was constructed and the first rodeo was held in the late 1960s. The current rodeo is one of the largest held in Oklahoma and one of the Top 40 in the country. Other than the rodeo, the Lawton Rangers are involved in numerous charities and civic events, including the Lawton Rangers scholarship program, the Saddle & Sirloin Club and the Comanche County Spring Livestock Show.
The rodeo is held in conjunction with Lawton’s birthday and holds a dance after the rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. This year the crowd will be entertained by the Crosswinds Band. Tickets are $5 each night and can be purchased at the ticket booth. No coolers, backpacks or outside food is permitted past the ticket gate any night of the rodeo.
Making a nightly appearance at the rodeo will be the 2019 and 2020 Miss Rodeo Lawton, Addie Fisher, and the 2019 and 2020 Lawton Rangers Rodeo Queen, Bryleigh Burruss.