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Ag Department to conduct all-school rodeo, concert proceeds benefit toddler's liver surgery

April 11 2006

Abilene Christian University's Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department will conduct its annual All-School Rodeo and Benefit Concert today, April 11, at the Taylor County Expo Center as a fundraiser for Cannon Perkins, 1-year-old that had a liver transplant in the fall. The toddler's parents are alumni of ACU and were involved with the AES club while at the university.

The rodeo will begin at 6 p.m. in the Expo Center Horse Barn. It will feature various events, including steer branding, chute dogging and the contest for queen of the rodeo. ACU students with all levels of rodeo experience will participate and compete in the events. Admission to the rodeo is $5 at the gate.

Colby Turnbough, rodeo coordinator, said they have built this year's rodeo on the success of last year's rodeo. Student body participation was at an all-time high last year.

"For students, the rodeo is an inexpensive way to have a lot of fun," said Turnbough, a senior agribusiness major from Midland. "It's something totally different than what ACU students normally do."

Following the rodeo, a benefit concert will take place in the Expo Center Round Building. Kina Lankford, rising Texas female singer-songwriter, and Billy Joe Shaver, legendary Texas country singer, are the featured artists who will play original songs.

Lankford is a local artist, and Shaver has been described by Willie Nelson as the best songwriter alive today. Concert tickets cost $20 for general admission or $15 with a student ID card. Tickets are available at the door, and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Go to http://www.acu.edu/academics/cas/agenv/BenefitConcert.html for more information about the rodeo.

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