Chadron State College’s Rodeo Team held their annual Black Tie Calf Fry fundraiser, Friday evening February 22, 2013.
Held at the Dawes County fairgrounds, they had their usual meal, live and silent auctions and dance, but this year they had a special guest in the person of Charlie Sampson, world champion bull rider. He was not there as a speaker but just to mingle, visit and share rodeo stories with those attending.
He was introduced to the crowd by CSC Rodeo Coach Dustin Luper and said a few words by way of greeting, “I have felt such love here in Chadron, during my three day visit. I come from L.A. California and as you may know there is not a lot of love there. I rodeoed for 20 years and was a world champion bull rider, so this is my reward. Getting to come to Chadron where I’ve been made so welcome and getting to eat calf fries.”
Sampson, the 1982 World Champion rode bulls from 1974 to 1994 and qualified for the national finals 10 times. His highest score was 91 points with many rides in the high 80s.
The fundraiser had many wonderful items available to bid on during the live auction as Del Kraupie of Kraupie’s Real Estate and Auctioneers provided his services free of charge, along with his brother Jake.
The team this year has 42 members that participate in club activities, 37 of those have NIRA cards. Members come from the states of South Dakota, Louisiana, Colorado, California, Indiana and Nebraska.
Coach Dustin Luper said, “This year our event generated $9,500 for the team. Every year it just amazes me how people turn out to support the program. Even in these economic times they have such a willing heart to give, they just want to keep it going. I can’t even express how pleased I am.”
“I’m pretty excited about our upcoming spring rodeo season. The kids have been working hard all winter. They have really put their sails up and grabbed the wind. It is tough on the kids that don’t have an indoor area to practice in. The first rodeos really create a spark; the kids are ready to go see what they can do.” ❖