Area businesses urged to welcome rodeo crowd

2014 Phil Gardenhire Memorial Rodeo will be held July 18 and 19 at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds in Poteau. Area businesses are being asked by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce to extend a hometown welcome to rodeo participants and visitors during the IPRA event. The Chamber hopes that businesses will decorate the store fronts, signs and billboards in celebration of the annual rodeo tradition. Gates open at 6 p.m. both nights and the rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m.On July 19, rodeo guys and gals will take to the streets during a parade in downtown Poteau at 4 p.m.After the rodeo, War Pony will take the state at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. Concert begins at 10 p.m. For ticket information contact the Chamber at (918) 647-9178.