On May 5, Kingfisher will welcome cowboys from across the U.S. for the third annual Cowboys for Cancer steer wrestling jackpot and raffle. Proceeds from the event will benefit cancer, heart and childhood disease research at OMRF.
The competition originated three years ago in celebration of Kingfisher resident Floyd Cross’ victory over cancer in 2010.
“Our rodeo friends were there for us all along the way while Dad was fighting cancer,” said Sherrie Cross, Floyd’s daughter and event coordinator. “This is our way of giving back and having fun at the same time.”
Raffle prizes will include a football signed by former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, steaks, original western artwork, jewelry and a Redhawks gift basket.
“The Cross family and others like them make a real difference,” said OMRF Vice President of Development Penny Voss. “They’ve experienced the price that disease takes on a family, and they went to work to help other families avoid having to walk that same road in the future. We’re very grateful to them for what they do for OMRF.
Last year, 37 cowboys ranging from ages 18 to 49 took part in the competition. In this year’s event, steer wrestlers will compete for individual titles as well as $2,000 added money.
The event will be held at the Kingfisher Roundup Club Arena, 13th Street and Elks Road in Kingfisher at 2 p.m. on May 5. To enter, call or text Sherrie Cross at (405) 313-1776 or (405) 375-4872. Entries will be accepted starting May 1 and will close at 1 p.m. on the day of the event.