Annual Ray Forcier Memorial Rodeo coming to Benton Sept. 11-12

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The sixth annual Ray Forcier Memorial Rodeo will be kicking up dust in Benton this weekend.

The two-night extravaganza will begin Friday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. and will continue Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Willie Waggoner Arena. This year’s event will include award-winning livestock provided by the Rockin’ J Rodeo Company, featuring the 2014 Tri-State bucking bull of the year, Toy Soldier, and funny man Rudy Burns.

J.E. Jorden, rodeo stock contractor and producer, said there are plenty of events planned for the two-day event that will please all ages.

The 2014 Tri-State bucking bull of the year, Toy Soldier, will be featured at the annual Ray Forcier Rodeo Sept. 11-12 in Benton.

“…this is my hometown rodeo and we go all out to make it better each year. It’s something that draws people in from all over, and it’s usually a big turnout,” Jorden previously told the Press-Tribune. “It’s good for the community as well, being a pretty big attraction. People can come and see a big time rodeo, which is something most don’t get to see very often.”

Cowboys and cowgirls from surrounding states will join the local crowd to compete for the barrel racing and all around champion belt buckles, sponsored by the Bossier Parish Riding Club. Jorden is predicting a large turnout again this year.

“We fill the stands,” Jorden said. “I bet we have a couple thousand people there. This is one of the biggest rodeos in the state of Louisiana and, for sure, one of the biggest outdoor events.”

The rodeo will be on the road Friday morning before the big show to visit local elementary schools, including Kingston Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Benton Elementary and Carrie Martin Elementary. Children will get a close look at some of the livestock and will receive a free ticket to the show.

A highlight of the event is the calf scramble for kids 10 and under. Jorden hands out $1 to each child who participates.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A portion of the proceeds will go to Benton High School’s 2016 project graduation.

For more information, call (318) 326-5508 or (318) 426-2443.