ADA — Chickasaw Enterprises and Revenge of the Bulls Committee announce the World Championship Rodeo Bullfighters and Concerts to be held April 7-8 at Pontotoc County Agri-plex. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and bullfights at 8 p.m.

Sponsors say the nation’s best bullfighters for 2006 will be in competition against Rex Dunn’s World Class Fighting Bulls for a total purse of $14,500 and a championship trophy.

Gene Watson will kick off in concert Friday featuring country and western music.

Born in Palestine, Texas, in 1943, Watson was one of seven children of an itinerant sawmill worker and crop picker. He quit school in the ninth grade to help support his family.

He married at age 17 and became an auto-body worker to support his wife and children. On weekends in the 1960s, Watson began singing for $15 a night in Houston honky-tonks.

“I never did go looking for music,” he said. “Music found me.” In 1974, his single “Love In The Hot Afternoon” was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records. “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Paper Rosie,” “Speak Softly,” “One Sided Conversation,” and “Should I Come Home” took Watson into the hearts of country-music lovers throughout America.

“I feel like when I touch somebody inside and see the tears roll out of their eyes, then I’ve got that person as a fan,” Watson said. “It’s easy to tell a joke and make somebody laugh. But in the entertainment field it’s difficult to make ‘em cry. I’ve signed a lot of autographs after shows with people still sniffling and red-eyed. It’s for real; and that makes me feel so good.”

The concert Saturday features The Drifters performing their hit songs.

John Payne, also known as “The One Arm Bandit,” returns this year with his eight-time P.R.C.A. act of the year.

Lecile Harris, pro rodeo’s master comedian, will be there to amuse the children.

Hall of Fame Rodeo Announcer Hadley Barrett will call the action that takes place at the event.

Advance tickets are on sale at Steppin’ Out Western Store and Sharpe’s in Ada. Tickets for the event are $15. Seating is limited.