Madill F.F.A rodeo a historic tradition

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MADILL, Okla. (KXII)-- The Madill Future Farmers of America Rodeo is a 66 year old tradition, hosted once again this weekend.

"This is actually the longest running F.F.A Rodeo in Oklahoma." F.F.A President Rio Bonham said.

Organized by the local F.F.A chapter and the Madill-based Flying C Rodeo Company, it's much more than just a fundraiser.

"It's a major thing," Bonham said. "People come out from all over the state, if they've come from Madill or they just want to come to the rodeo to watch it. Its a big draw for everybody."

Hundreds of residents flock to the Madill Round-Up Club Arena every year to watch professional rodeo competitors like Clint Lindenfeld

"It's like being on a rocket ship not knowing where its going to land, how fast its going to go or how hard." Lindenfeld, who rides bucking horses, said.

Lindenfeld lives in Madill, and has won this rodeo five years in a row.
He travels the nation competing all year, but always make sure he's home for this one.

"I've been to a lot big rodeos all over the country, and its not the same as coming to your hometown rodeo and having everybody here that always supports you while you're on the road," Lindenfeld said. "They finally get to see you ride and compete."

The F.F.A hopes to raise about $1,000 with the event. And for the 100 competitors, they get a shot at $10,000 in prize money.

But both say it's not about the money. It's about community.

"This is definitely a family oriented event," Lindenfeld said. "And its just an awesome thing to bring your kids to, and come be involved in a local, small town event."

And Bonham agrees.

"Its important for the whole community to come together," Bonham said. "Everybody can come down and just really unite and help cheer the cowboys on, and have a little fun with each other."

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