Andy Stewart knows a thing or two about the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show.
Stewart has announced the show for the last decade and a half, and he’s seen a lot of positive things happen in that time. He’ll be back for this year’s event, set for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 23- Saturday, March 25, at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center.
“The fans are going to see good cowboys and great stock, and we see a lot of great match-ups every year,” said Stewart, an eight-time nominee for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Announcer of the Year. “We get a lot of premier talent because of the time of year. This rodeo happens before many of the big names head off to the West Coast, so it’s a good opportunity for them to compete in Nacogdoches.”
A big part of that comes from the staff of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the Dallas-based livestock firm that produces the rodeo annually. “I think having the Pete Carr with us helps draw the bigger-named cowboys, and we are blessed to have him at the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show,” said Anita Scott, the executive director for the expo and civic center. “He’s got a great reputation, and the guys want to come and want to win this rodeo. If it says Pete Carr on it, they know it’s going to be good and it’s going to be the caliber they want and get them the scores they need in order to win.”
Over the last four years, no other stock contractor in the PRCA has had more animals selected to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than Carr. That is a testament to the type of animals that will be in Nacogdoches next week. Rodeo is the perfect match of world-class competition and family-friendly entertainment that makes it a show worth watching.
“The fans can expect the whole entertainment package,” Stewart said, noting that legendary clown Rudy Burns returns to Nacogdoches this year. “They’re going to have a good time and be very comfortable while they’re doing it. It’s just a friendly venue.” Scott and her staff are assisted in the preparatory work by the Nacogdoches Jaycees. “We’re blessed to have the best in the business here,” Scott said. “Pete is just a great guy. He and his entire crew are very involved and dedicated to our success.”
There are plenty of reasons for the success of the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show. Whether it’s local support or having the best of the best compete every night, the action will be hard to beat in east Texas next week.