Route 66 Rough Stock Stampede to gallop into Williams May 26-27
Williams' rodeo season kicks off Rendezvous Weekend
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Billy and Terri Beeson are proud to bring a rodeo to Williams during Memorial Day Weekend. The Route 66 Rough Stock Stampede will bring more than two hours of non-stop rodeo action featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, ranch saddle bronc riding and last, but not least, heart stopping bull riding May 26-27 at the Williams Rodeo Grounds. A fan favorite kids rodeo kicks off both days at 2 pm. with the main event starting at 5 p.m.
"We are looking forward to bringing this event to Williams and starting off our tourist season with a bang," said Terri Beeson. "We are closing out the summer Aug. 24-26 with a pro rodeo."
Several sponsorships are still available at different levels, from $300-$4,000. Benefits vary per sponsorship level. Some vendor spots remain and non-profit agencies focusing primarily on youth are more than welcome to assist with various tasks.
Beeson is also organizing Tough Enough to Wear Pink Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to breast cancer research grants and awareness programs.
Beeson said open, non-sanctioned rodeos attract both professional and local contestants. Because of Williams' location just off Interstate 40, Beeson said she expects to draw a solid field of competitors.
"With rodeo season kicking off Memorial Day Weekend, cowboys will be looking to enter our rodeo to win some gas money," Beeson said. "It will be an open rodeo, open to the world. It's going to be more than two hours of guaranteed non-stop rodeo action."
Rodeo fans expecting to see their queens, and the Route 66 Rough Stock Stampede will not be disappointed. Reigning Williams 2012 Rodeo Queen Andreya Jo Apolinar will make appearances throughout the weekend. Apolinar has made frequent appearances throughout Williams since she was crowned last year. Apolinar, 18, of Chino Valley, is the daughter of Andy and Ronda Apolinar.
Apolinar enjoys her western lifestyle.
"I have enjoyed being able to get on my horse and ride out into the sunset from my back door or jump in my Jeep to meet friends and head down the dusty trail to Jerome for a Haunted Hamburger, or through Perkinsville to the river and then to Williams to the beautiful pine trees to go fishing, camping, hunting, Dutch oven cooking shopping, and most exciting, the rodeo," she said.
Vendors, potential sponsors and interested non-profits can contact Beeson at (928) 635-8825 for more information.