55228d81c7183211e4748cfdbe773113Rogers Association will sponsor the largest non-sanctioned rodeo in Oklahoma Oct. 3-5 at the Claremore Expo Center.

The first rodeo conducted by the association in 2006, resulted in 120 decisions, including 88 professions of faith. In addition, there were more than 100 decisions from revivals held around the time of the rodeo from 26 cities in northeastern Oklahoma.

Randy Childers, director of missions for Rogers Association, said 470 prospective families were identified during a drawing for door prizes each night, which the families had to sign up for.

The Roundup for Jesus Rodeo Revival is free and open to the public.

“It is a full-blown rodeo,” said Terrell Romberg, pastor of Claremore, Faith. “We have four to five events each night with five riders in each event.”

Romberg said the rodeo attracts some of the best cowboys because it is one of the highest paying rodeos in the state.

“Each cowboy takes home a good purse,” Romberg said. “The rodeo is going on the same time as the Tulsa State Fair, and most cowboys try to make both events because ours pays so well.

In addition to the bull riding, barrel racing and other rodeo staples, there is the bonus of hearing a concert by gospel singer Susie Luchsinger, the sister of country-western star Reba McEntire, and a short sermon by evangelist George “Marty” Brock.

“We roll out a big wagon in the middle of the rodeo, and Susie does about a 25-minute concert, and Marty Brock follows her,” Romberg said. “After those who made decisions are led to a tent for counseling, the rodeo continues.”

Before the rodeo on Sunday at 5 p.m., there will be games, food and entertainment.

“Out in front of the indoor arena, we’ll have inflatable games, free hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy, as well as other games for the kids,” said Romberg. “It’s a family outing for everyone.”

The rodeo begins at 7:30 each night.