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Tradition of 4th of July rodeo to end at Mark Twain Lake in 2018

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

A rider tries to stay on for the time limit during a past rodeo.

For the first time in more than 30 years, there will not be a 4th of July rodeo event at the Mark Twain Lake.
The Outlaw/5J Rodeo Company made the announcement in December on their web page.
An aging committee is said to the be the reason for the change.
“It was a great honor to team up with such a wonderful committee for so many years,” said Lance McCollum, owner/operator of Outlaw/5J Rodeo on their website. “They put on one of the largest rodeos in the area and have numerous awards to show for all their hard work. While its sad to see this tradition come to an end, we know that it couldn’t go on forever.”
Outlaw/5J have rodeos all over the state of Missouri, into portions of Illinois and Iowa. While some of their rodeos and bull rides are held during area fairs and festivals, they take great pride in partnering with committees that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes such as cancer and MDA research.
“Honestly, we just try to put on a good, fun show – it’s the contestants that really bring everything together. While their ultimate goal is to take home the big check at the end of the night – they know if they don’t perform then people won’t come through the gates year after year and money isn’t raised for much needed research,” McCollum said on the website.
“And you wouldn’t believe the number of times these contestants donate their winnings back to the committees to help with their fund-raising efforts. They do it because in the rodeo world – we back our own. It’s like one huge, crazy family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
To find out more about Outlaw/5J Rodeo Company visit their website at www.outlawrodeoproductions.net.