ADA — Chickasaw Nation announces the World Championship Rodeo Bullfight and Concert will be held at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex in Ada Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and bullfights at 8 p.m.
The nation’s top 15 bullfighters for the World Championship will be in competition against Rex Dunn’s Famous Fighting Bulls. The bullfighters will be competing for a purse of $16,000 and a championship trophy.
Friday night the Florida Boys take the stage to entertain with their songs of all types of music including Southern Gospel. For more than 60 years, The Florida Boys have been entertaining audiences. They appeared on the first gospel quartet concert ever held in New York’s Carnegie Hall. With No. 1 hits like “Standing On The Solid Rock,” “When He Was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind,” “Lead Me To The Altar” and “I Lean On You Lord,” this legendary group has recorded more than 100 albums and attained a following of devoted listeners, including the late Elvis Presley.
In concert Saturday night, will be country music artist David Frizzell. The younger brother of country music legend Lefty Frizzell, David Frizzell’s career first started in the late 1950s. However, his biggest success came in the 1980s, 30 years into his career. Frizzell was born in El Dorado, Ark., in 1941, and began performing in his brother’s show at the age of 12. He appeared regularly on Buck Owens’ All American TV Show during the 1970s and in 1981 recorded his first number-one country hit, “You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. In 1982, Frizzell hit number-one on the county charts with the solo single, “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home.”
Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Hall of Fame Rodeo Clown Rick Young will be here to amuse spectators of all ages.
Tommy Lucia will amuse spectators with his World Famous Cowboy Monkey Whiplash. For the past 35 years, Lucia has been known as a premier entertainer and performer. However, he is also recognized as one of America’s leading animal trainers. Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey is an 18-year-old capuchin monkey and is one of the biggest little monkeys in the world. Whiplash has been riding since he was 2 years old and has been a part of Lucia’s family since he was born. Whiplash travels the country herding wild Barbados sheep at rodeos and special events. He never misses a chance to show his monkey heritage as he rides the dog he will pull the saddle from side to side and even hang off to one side mimicking an Indian hideaway.
The Voice of the World Championship Finals and Hall of Fame Rodeo announce, Hadley Barrett with his distinctive and smooth voice will call the action.
Saturday is proclaimed Tough Enough to Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. The first 2,000 through the door will receive a pink bandana.
Advance tickets are on sale at Steppin Out Western Store in Ada and Sharpe’s Department Store in Ada for $15 each.
For more information, phone (405) 207-8634.