GUYMON, Okla. – The landscape of the Oklahoma Panhandle can be rugged, but so are the people that make it their home.
They work hard and are proud. That’s exactly why they deserve some world-class events that make their way to Guymon, like the Kasey Hayes & Stormy Wing Invitational PBR BlueDEF Velocity Tour event, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena in Guymon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; children 5 and younger are free.
“This is a rural area, cowboys and farmers that know and enjoy rodeo and bull riding,” said Nina Webb, one of the volunteers with Guymon’s PBR event. “When this all started, one of the members from the Pioneer Days Rodeo committee stopped by the house and talked about getting a PBR here. We got with the chamber, and we started going forward.”
Now the PBR returns to Texas County for the third straight year. It’s become a staple in the town of about 12,000 residents, and the reasonable admission fee is part of the reason – advanced tickets may be purchased for $15, a discount from the $20 cost at the gate; children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.
But it’s also because many of the top bull riders in the game make their way to Guymon every summer. That’s a testament to the type of event local organizers produce, but also to the crowd that has made the cowboys feel right at home.
Not only does the community support the bull riding, but so do other neighboring communities. Fans from throughout a five-state region – Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado – find their seats and enjoy the show.
“If you’re going to do something, you want to do it right,” said Wing, a six-time PBR World Finals qualifier from Dalhart, Texas. “I want it to be one of the best events in the PBR. I want the guys to talk about it.”
The guys are the world-class bull riders who make up the top names in the PBR. Many of them will be in Guymon for the one-night event. It’s truly a drawing card for not only fans but also others who appreciate community events.
“Every May we have the top cowboys in rodeo come in for Pioneer Days Rodeo,” said Jim Quimby, chairman of the rodeo committee and also a volunteer for the Guymon PBR. “We want that to be the same for our PBR event in July.
“We have a lot of people here that know the bull riders, know the bulls, and they want to see the best in Guymon. We want to bring them the best.”
It’s about to happen.