Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011 Page: 30 of 68
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"It's a big deal to trailer one in, Especially from
the coasts," Miller said.
He said the trip takes several days because they
have to stop every few hours to exercise the
Events connected with the rodeo begin at the
Crowne Plaza Fort Worth South, the host hotel,
on Friday, Oct. 7. The honorary grand marshals
will be presented at a dance at the hotel that
The finals rodeo events begin at 8 a.m. on Sat-
urday, Oct. 8, then again at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct.
"Peak spectator time is noon to 5 p.m.," Nagel
said. "They'll run slack in the morning."
"Running slack" means that rather than have
all 20 competitors take part in one event twice in
one day and declare winners, some of the entries,
from a variety of events will run in the morning.
That way people attending during the peak after-
noon hours will get to see the full variety of
Winners won't be named until Sunday evening
after each competitor in each event has been
scored in that event twicer
In addition to the competitions taking place in
the Watt Arena, a vendor area and an entertain-
ment area will be set up in an adjoining building.
Edlin said each regional association has "roy-
alty" — association members who have com-
peted throughout the year and raised money for
their associations to claim the Mr., Miss and Ms.
Titles — and they will be entertaining throughout
Nagel said that IGRA's archives of the 35 years
of gay rodeo and 25 years of international compe-
tition will be on display at the arena as well.
Dance has always been a big part of gay rodeo.
Saturday night, a dance competition takes place
at the host hotel.
Despite the fact that a Nevada sheriff shut
down the finals in 1988 became area residents
didn't want "those type of people" in town, Edlin
said the rodeo is a great place to bring kids.
"Gay rode©: is very family-oriented," Edlin
said. "It's not cut-throat competition."
Edlin has been involved since 1999.
"Friends took me to a gay rodeo in Calgary and
I was hooked," he said. "I've been involved ever
Edlin said gay rodeo is so welcoming and fam-
ily-oriented that a number of straight people par-
ticipate in gay rodeo — including his straight son,
a two-time Iraq War veteran who competes in
chute-dogging and junior bull riding.
Nagel said TGRA has a number of straight
members who enjoy the close friendships and fun.
"But the other side of all this is that we give
money to the community," he said.
Last year, the Dallas chapter of TGRA gave
$30,000 to eight local groups including Resource
Friday, Oct, 7
• After registration, in the lobby of the
Crowne Plaza Fort Worth South Hotel, 100
Altamesa Blvd. East, western dancing in the
ballroom begins at 7 p.m.
• HomoRodeo.com hosts a party at Best
Friends from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. The group put
together a calendar that will be on sale at the
club. Proceeds of sales benefit contestants
who participate in the gay rodeos. All 12
models will be at the club for a signing party,
according to organizer Michael Castlow. He
said there will be a buffet for members.
Saturday, Oct. 8
• Lone Star Dance Competition and
Country Hoedown takes place in the Grand
Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza at 7 p.m.
• Lipps LuRue of the United Court of the
Lone Star Empire presents a candidate's
show at Dallas Eagle at 7 p.m.
• HomoRodeo.com hosts a calendar
signing party at Woody's Sports and Video
Bar on Cedar Springs in Dallas at 8 p.m.
Castlow said he would be at the Eagle with a
number of the
calendar models before heading over to the
Center Dallas and Youth First Texas. This year,
he said, they're already ahead in the amount
Sunday, Oct. 9
• A banquet with entertainment begins at
7 p.m. at the host hotel followed by the final
awards ceremony at 9 p.m.
• The World Gay Rodeo Finals closing party
takes place at JR.'s Bar & Grill in Dallas.
LOCATION AND TICKET INFO
Rodeo tickets are $15 per person, per day,
with those under 12 admitted free.
The rodeo will be held at the Watt Arena in
the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W.
Lancaster Ave., in Fort Worth. Gates open at 8
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and at 9 a.m. on
Tickets will be sold on site, and will be
available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Grand Marshal: David Hill of Colorado
• Honorary Grand Marshals: Gary Miller
and Alan Pierce of Dallas
• Community Hero: Fort Worth City
Councilman Joel Burns
they've collected. They'll distribute those funds
in March. ■
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