The Jackson County Rodeo returns to Cortland this weekend for its fifth annual event.
Professional rodeo riders will perform for points and two charitable causes, breast cancer awareness and a scholarship fund in memory of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan.
International Professional Rodeo Association cowboys and cowgirls will compete for points and prize money during events Friday and Saturday.
The band 812 will perform after rodeo events Friday night.
Gates at 2746 E. County Road 800N will open at 6 p.m. both days.
The rodeo will donate proceeds to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in support of breast cancer awareness in what organizer Laura Plumer calls the Pinkest Show on Dirt.
This year the rodeo proceeds also will support the Hunter “H.D” Hogan Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund.
Hogan was killed in Afghanistan in June while serving with the U.S. Marines.
Hogan was a close friend of the rodeo’s organizers, Gary and Laura Plumer and their son, Chase Plumer, of Cortland.
“H.D. was a good friend and really interested in the rodeo,” Chase Plumer said when Hogan was killed in June. “We think it’s important to honor his memory and service to our country by honoring him at this year’s rodeo. We want to do it up right.”
The scholarship was established shortly after Hogan was killed.
Rodeo riders will perform in a variety of events this weekend, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.
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