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July 24, 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 7 Buckner Preps for Rodeo Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer The younger.) Additionally, each member is responsible for yearly membership dues as well as event entry fees, which range from $5 - $20 per participating event. The youth association is compiled of children and young adults with varying skill levels, ages and performance interests. Several competitions are held during this portion of the rodeo. Spectators can expect to see mutton busting, bronc riding, calf roping, chute dogging, steer wrestling, team roping, goat tying, barrel racing, steer riding and bull riding. Since the first Buckner rodeo in 2012, the Fairs and Festivals Committee has worked to improve amenities to host the annual rodeo. In a recent meeting, members voted to purchase and install a permanent arena for rodeo events, located at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Committee president, Sheri Lollar, said this addition will strengthen the rodeo as well as offer a venue to host future events. The third annual rodeo hits center stage in Buckner August 1 and 2. The arena will be 200 feet long, 150 feet wide and 6 feet tall. At this time, there will be no bucking or roping chutes included but these items will be discussed in future meetings. It is estimated that the arena will be installed and completed before the rodeo event starts. This year's rodeo is a two-day event featuring youth and adults. The gates open at 5 p.m. both nights. Announcements and entertainment start at 7 p.m. and rodeo events start at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and younger are free. Concessions and homemade ice cream will be sold. High Stakes Productions will oversee the rodeo as well as provide the livestock through High Stakes Bucking Bulls. The company, located in Drexel, Mo., is said to have an extensive history of hands-on experience. According to their website, their reputation is founded on the basis of providing a professional and entertaining rodeo. Besides local rodeo events, the company also coordinates bull riding events with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and has won the "Rodeo of the Year" award for three consecutive years. Youth events kickoff on Friday, August 1, with the third annual Festival in the Valley MO-KAN Youth Rodeo. The Missouri Kansas Youth Rodeo Association (MKYRA) is a charitable organization centered on developing and educating youth who are involved in the rodeo sport. To qualify as a member of MKYRA, contestants must be under 19 years of age and compete in their respective age divisions: Senior Youth (ages 14-19), Junior Youth (ages 9-13) and Peewee (8 years of age and For almost 200 years, women have been fighting fires. The first known woman firefighter was Molly Williams, an ex-slave, who became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11, according to the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, or iWomen for short. There is no question that the names of many of the country's earliest women firefighters have been lost and forgotten. However, what is apparent is that these women laid the foundation for a later wave of women firefighters to take the helm. By 1974, two women took on paid fire suppression roles - Sandra Forcier in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Judith Livers in Arlington County, Va. Livers was the first woman in the world to become a career firefighter. Today, more than 6,500 women now hold career firefighting and fire officers' positions in the U.S. As for volunteer and paid-on-call fire and EMS forces in the U.S., there are 30,000 - 40,000 women firefighters and thousands more EMTs and paramedics, according to iWomen. This article features women firefighters and EMTs closer to home at the Fort Osage Fire Department in Buckner. The Buckner Clarion salutes these women for their efforts to protect, rescue and care for the area's residents. To learn more about these women, read the full Q&A on page 5. By Jessica Mauzey On Saturday, adult participants will compete in the third annual Festival in the Valley URA/MRCA Rodeo. This year's rodeo is a sanctioned event through both the United Rodeo Association (URA) and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA). The URA is a nonprofit organization which sanctions and approves rodeos in nine states. According to the MRCA organization, they focus their efforts on family- friendly events that offer contestants quality competing conditions and distinguished judges. (Continued on page 7) Fort Osage Women Firefighters Take the Helm Fort Osage Fire Department women firefighters/Paramedics: (Left to Right) Cheyenne Cook, Amy Keeton, Virginia Bruhn Judy Livers Brewer, first woman career firefighter.

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