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Winnie flooding leads to rodeo postponements

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to torrential rain that flooded much of the southeast Texas region, the Oct. 31 Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, and the Nov. 1-2 Nutty Jerry’s PRCA Rodeo in Winnie, Texas, were postponed indefinitely.

Both events will be rescheduled. Once the dates have been confirmed, they will be published on prorodeo.com and in theProRodeo Sports News.

The administration of the PRCA, along with Jerry Nelson and his staff in Winnie, discussed the best plan of action on Wednesday before deciding to cancel the rodeo early Thursday morning.

“We all felt it was in the best interest of our cowboys and our animal athletes to cancel the rodeo until a later time,” PRCA Director of Rodeo Administration Aaron Enget said.

The Winnie area received 11 inches of rain in 27 hours, which turned the rodeo arena into a lake. Nelson says that the incredible amount of rain in such a short time is rarely seen in Winnie.

“The only time I’ve ever seen weather like that was when Hurricane Ike hit us about six years ago,” Nelson said. “We get rain all the time, but we’re only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. When you gets buckets like that in such a short amount of time, it’s impossible to have a rodeo.”

Nelson says he hopes that both the Wrangler Champions Challenge event and the regular rodeo, will take place sometime in February or March, and that he will work with PRCA administrators to carve out a good date.

Nelson says the arena suffered no structural damage and that the rain wasn’t accompanied by much wind or lightning.

“Once the water goes down, it’ll probably take three weeks to dry out, and once it does we’ll have to put some new dirt in and work on it,” he said. “We thought we could get out there and get some of the water off, and we’ve had rodeos in rain and mud before, but we were monitoring it Wednesday night and didn’t think it was possible.”

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