Black Tie Calf Fry kicks off spring rodeo season for Chadron State College |

Black Tie Calf Fry kicks off spring rodeo season for Chadron State College

Jerry Turman had the winning bid for the custom made saddle.

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Chadron State College’s Rodeo Team recently held their annual Black Tie Calf Fry fundraiser at the Dawes County Fairgrounds in Chadron, Neb. Roughly 275 people turned out for the event that included a dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and live music for a dance.

Items available for both the auctions covered an amazing array. There was a variety of tack, handmade quilt, motel accommodations, jewelry, household decorative items, one month of horse training, cut and frozen beef, horse shoeing, teeth float for your horse, and many beautiful pieces of artwork, several created by the rodeo team members themselves.

Auctioneers for this year’s events were Del Kraupie from Kraupie’s Real Estate and Auctioneers out of Bridgeport, Neb., and Lin Gumb, auctioneer/real estate broker from Burwell, Neb.

Raffled off were a 22 Henry Golden Boy rifle and a custom made saddle. Winner of the rifle was Bert Clabaugh of Gillette, Wyo. Cheri Johnson won the saddle and very graciously donated it back to be auctioned. Jerry Turman, who had the winning bid for the saddle said he is employed by Tommy’s Car Lot in Chadron and is a proud sponsor of Chadron State College.

From just those two items the team garnered $6,800!

The CSC rodeo club has grown tremendously over the past few years, as has support for the team.

Rodeo Coach Dustin Luper who is in his fourth year as coach said “I started with 14 student athletes and this year we have 46. I get the awesome opportunity to wake up every morning and have 46 bright young minds teach me more than I will ever teach them, I feel very fortunate to be a part of something so great!”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the community and supporters of the CSC rodeo program, we would not be alive without your gracious help and support. A special thanks to Turms Market for their support over the years!”

The final tally for the evening was $18,800 with the monies going to practice and travel expenses.

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