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February 26, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
February 26, 2010

The 53rd annual Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will host the National All-Region Finals of the International Pro Rodeo Association March 11-13 at Montgomery's Garrett Coliseum.

Rodeo fans will see the top five competitors in all seven events from each of IPRA's four regions competing in two go-rounds. The event marks the first time SLE has partnered with the IPRA, which has 3,500 members and sanctions 300 rodeos annually.

Performances run Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m. The championship round begins Saturday night at 7. Also new will be a barn party with live music following the rodeo, mutton bustin' with on-site registration and a bleacher-clearing calf scramble for kids in the audience.

The SLE, founded in 1958, is a non-profit organization working to promote the state's livestock industry and helping provide leadership opportunities for our youth. The SLE has a long history of helping support local charities and organizations, such as Alabama FFA and Alabama 4-H.

In addition to the rodeo, SLE Livestock & Rodeo Week includes several events at Crawford Arena on the Coliseum grounds:

Friday, March 5, 7 p.m. -- David Crawford American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horse Show.

Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. -- Jim Adams Memorial AQHA Horse Show.

Sunday, March 7, 7 a.m. -- W.O. Crawford Memorial AQHA Horse Show (double judged).

Monday, March 8, 9 a.m. -- American Stock Horse Association Clinic.

Tuesday, March 9, 9 a.m. -- America Stock Horse Association Show/AQHA Event.

The Old Times Wagon Train is due to arrive at Garrett Coliseum at noon Wednesday, March 10, followed by the Broken L Wagon Train and Forney Wagon Train at 3 p.m.

Rodeo tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com or by dialing 1-888-2RODEO2. Tickets may also be purchased at Garrett Coliseum or in downtown Montgomery at the Alabama Cattlemen's Association office.

For more information, visit BamaBeef.org or call (334) 265-1867.

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