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The Nations’ Only Black Touring Rodeo Celebrates 30th Anniversary in So. CA
2014 Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is Coming July 19th-20th. Celebrities come out to celebrate 30 yrs of touring including Emmy Honorary Host Award Winner Glynn Turman and Actor Reginald T. Dorsey as Co-Grand Marshall.
African American cowboys, cowgirls and youngsters will choke dust as fans and novice spectators cheer for hard riding competitors as they battle to be named the best after a season of competition. Spectators cheer for their favorite competitors during thrilling Calf Ropin’, exhilarating Bareback Ridin’, Bull Doggin, Ladies Barrel Racin’, Junior Barrel Racin’, Ladies Steer Undecoratin’
The Bill Pickett Rodeo, now in its 5th year at the Industry Hills Expo Center is the perfect location to reach the Southern California communities of Los Angeles, County, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
Always a great weekend of high family entertainment, guest will not only experience watching Black riders, great food, vendors, celebrities and so much more.
The 30th Anniversary of BPIR is sponsored this year by: Puente Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Bud Lite, Upscale Magazine, Glory Foods, Andy’s Seasonings and Spa 313. Sponsorship and Advertisement Opportunities are available and well as vendors.
In addition, celebrities are invited to join Emmy Honorary Host Award Winner Glynn Turman as he pay homage to 30 years of continuous rodeo entertainment from founder Lu Vason as Grand Marshall. In addition, Actor Reginald T. Dorsey returns as Co-Grand Marshall.
Long ago, this rodeo's president and producer, Lu Vason, challenged the false perception of the absence of Blacks in the development of the West, while molding his touring rodeo into an unquestionable success. A former entertainment producer, media impresario and marketing consultant, Vason founded the BPIR in 1984. In fact, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is one of the few African American Events that has traveled continuously since it started in 1984 and never stopped!
Having validated there had indeed been Black cowboys and cowgirls in the Old West, Vason was inspired to look for and assemble modern day Black wrangles. He did and the Bill Pickett Invitational rodeo was established. The Black rodeo has been a powerful tool in reaching his goals of educating people on the Black West, as well as building a profitable business.
The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo has built a following over 30 years that has generation-after-
Tickets are online are through various ticket outlets. The price range are from $17- $35. Group rates are also available. To purchase online, please visit http://www.billpickettrodeo.com or contact Los Angeles, CA Rodeo Coordinator Margo Wade LaDrew: firstname.lastname@example.org 310.674.6700
Wade Events * Inglewood * 310.674.6700
Inglewood Tickets * Inglewood * 310.671.6400
Black Voice News * Riverside * 951.682.6070
Zahra's Books & Things * Inglewood * 310.330.1300
Industry Hills Expo Center * City of Industry * 626.330.0324
Shades of Afrika * Long Beach * 562.4362210
Shades of Afrika * Corona * 951.285.7888
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food * Carson * 310.324.5317
Postal Annex * Carson * 310.538.8285
PRESS / CELEBRITIES CONTACT
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BPIR EVENTS CONTACT
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Wade & Associates Group
ABOUT BILL PICKETT:
Known as the "Dusky Demon," Bill Pickett (1870-1932) was the best-known African American rodeo performer of all time. He invented the rodeo sport of bulldogging—
Retired since 1916, Pickett died in April 1932 following a roping accident. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in Oklahoma. He was buried high on a hill at WhiteEagleMonument, where the Cherokee Strip Cowboy Association set up a limestone marker in his memory. According to Frank Billings, Colonel Zack Miller of the 101 Ranch called him "the greatest sweat-and-dirt cowhand that ever lived." For more detailed information about Bill Pickett, please view on the BPIR website.
To learn more about the Bill Pickett Rodeo, its competitors and tour schedule, please visit billpickettrodeo.com. Obtain high resolution rodeo images at photos.billpickettrodeo.com
“Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund,” a non-profit entity Tax ID #84-1064797
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