Crossett Prepares for Rodeo Festival


Dust off your cowboy boots, because the first-ever Rodeo Festival is coming to Crossett!

On August 8, from noon to 4 p.m., don’t miss out on live entertainment, dancing, hot dogs, fresh lemonade and fun with your family and friends. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. The festivities will be held at Southeast Insurance, Inc. at 805 Main St in Crossett.

Kristi Stocker, owner of Southeast Insurance of Crossett, Inc., said the idea for the event started as just passing out popsicles before the parade, but quickly grew into a festival.

After moving back to Crossett five years ago, Stocker said she missed the street dance, Stick Horse Rodeo and Mister and Miss Crossett Rodeo that she used to enjoy.

“I knew something needed to be done to revive the ‘rodeo spirit’ in Crossett. I talked to many people over the years who felt the same as I did, but the dilemma is, as predominantly small business owners, we wear lots of ‘hats’ and it’s hard to juggle them all. Community involvement is one of the hats that gets put on the back shelf,” Stocker says.

“So basically, this year at Southeast Insurance, we have pulled the ‘hat’ that had many ideas for community involvement off the shelf, and put it on.”

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association members will be riding and signing autographs at the event, there will be a line dance contest, games will be available, and multiple door prizes are up for grabs.

Stocker said Chase Outlaw, one of Crossett’s hometown cowboys, had planned to be at the event, but recently got injured in the Cheyanne Rodeo. “Chase is a six-time world qualifier. Our thoughts and prayers are with him at this time,” she says.

Entertainers include David Adam Byrnes, Chester Huntsman, Doug Deforest, Keith Carter, Wes McDougald and more.

Stocker said she met several talented artists at the Arkansas Country Music Awards, including David Adam Byrnes and Doug Deforest, both of which were nominees.

“It definitely cost some money and valuable time to put on some things like this, but this is my appreciation to our community. When our clients commit to doing business local, it allows small businesses like mine to do great things,” she says.

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