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Laura Dahl, Director
P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939
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A handcrafted log rocking chair and footstool made by Paul Latham is just one of the many items up for bid. - Campus Communications Photo

**For Immediate Release**
Top Hand Auction Benefits Rodeo Athletes
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 01-26-2006
by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, OK- The Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo will hold their annual Top Hand Auction this year at Pickle Creek Center, 822 N.E. Sixth in Guymon on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. The auction raises funds for scholarships, travel and costs associated with maintaining practice stock and directly benefits OPSU Rodeo. Coach Craig Latham encourages everyone “to come out, meet the kids, and enjoy a great auction.”

Kim’s Ribs is providing free barbecue for those attending, and beverages will be sold by the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo Committee to raise funds for the upcoming professional rodeo in Guymon in May. The committee also generously donated a raffle ticket to the auction. Worth up to $5,000, the winning ticket will be drawn on February 25 at their own fundraiser. Following the auction, a dance will be held featuring Ken and the Band with No Name.

Clay Myers of Texhoma Livestock Auction will preside over the bidding again this year. Approximately 40 OPSU rodeo team members will put themselves on the auction block to provide the winning bidder with four hours of work. These hardworking hands are willing to do anything from fence building to housework.

Numerous items will be up for bid, too. Coach Latham’s father Paul once again donated handcrafted log furniture. This year’s item is a beautiful rocking chair with matching footstool. Additional items include original art work, Blazer hockey tickets, a one night’s stay in the Jacuzzi Suite at the Super 8 Motel in Guymon, tack, hand-tooled leather items and numerous other western items. All of these items are displayed in the rodeo office in Sewell-Loofbourrow on the OPSU campus. Contact Craig at 580-349-1348 for more information.

Help the team kick off the spring rodeo season, bid on some valuable items and enjoy great food and music. The team’s first rodeo of the year is scheduled for February 24-26 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.


A beautiful Navajo horsehair vase is another of the many items available at the Top Hand Auction. - Campus Communications Photo





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