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Ray Forcier Memorial Rodeo coming to Benton

The PBR finals bull, Toy Soldier, will put riders to the test at the annual Ray Forcier Memorial Rodeo in Benton Sept. 11-12.

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

The two-night extravaganza will begin Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. and continue Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Willie Waggoner Arena in Benton. This year’s event will include award-winning livestock provided by the Rockin’ J Rodeo Company, including the PBR finals bull, Toy Soldier.

A new addition to the lineup is an exhibition performance by the Sondance Riders drill team from the Cornerstone Cowboy Church in Logansport. 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.

“…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.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The rodeo provides entertainment that all community members can enjoy.

“A lot of events today, you can’t take your whole family to,” said Jorden. “We make sure that all members of the household can enjoy the show.”

The rodeo continues to grow each year, getting what Jorden said is some well-deserved attention to the area.

“We usually only have standing room only on opening nights. Spectators seem to grow in size every year, so we always try to add something new every year for them to come and see.”

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