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Longhorn cattle are driven from the rodeo grounds to Altus Air Force Base. The cattle are also showcased during the rodeo parade and at the rodeo itself.
Longhorn cattle are driven from the rodeo grounds to Altus Air Force Base. The cattle are also showcased during the rodeo parade and at the rodeo itself.
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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Altus Air Force Base will be hosting its 15th annual Cattle Drive, in conjunction with the 35th annual PRCA Great Plains Stampede Rodeo, Aug.22, 2013 at Altus AFB.
97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Colonel William B. Spangenthal, along with other military personnel and rodeo team members will lead more than 30 Longhorn cattle on a three-mile drive on the installation, kicking off the rodeo. It is a tradition that started Aug. 26, 1999. Anyone with a DOD ID can participate in the drive.
The 35th Great Plains Stampede rodeo is set for 8 p.m. nightly, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, featuring many events including Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding, Team and Tie-Down Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling.
Thursday is always Military Appreciation Night at the rodeo, with a free BBQ dinner held at 6 p.m.at the arena for all rodeo ticket holders. Many military personnel will be competing in the rodeo competitions. There will also be fun events with teams from various squadrons competing in a ten-person-team Tug-O-War and a Tarp Relay.
The rodeo parade starts Saturday at noon on Main Street in downtown Altus. This year’s theme is “Clowning Around.”
Any media members who wish to attend any of these events are encouraged to call 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs at (580) 481-7700. Please confirm attendance 96 hours prior to event.

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