History of the Jasper Lions Rodeo

1947-Arena built; FFA Shows with help of Kirbyville Lions Club; Founded by the Jasper Rodeo and Cattle
Company.
1948-Charles Schultz comedy acts, Lone Star Sunshine Pals Band of Nacogdoches, TX; First Queen
Maxine Due of Jasper
1949-Trick riders Betty and Sue Lamb of Dallas; Margie Monroe of Wright City, Oklahoma
1950-Trick riders Virginia Wilcox, Don Wilcox; Cecil Cornish and those Smokey Golden Eagle Roman
Jumping Team.
1951-No star
1952-Wild Bill Elliott
1953-Jay Sisler and Dogs
1954-No star
1955-Tex Ritter
1956-No star; Producer Tommy Steiner; Announcer Tom Hadley
1957-Don Mahoney
1958-Dale Robertson as Jim Hardy from TV’s "Tales of Wells Fargo"
1959-Collins Kids and Joe Maphis; Producer Todd Brown, Ft. Smith, AR; Chairman Carl F. Hilton;
Announcer Chuck Parkinson
1960-Rex Allen, Sr.
1961-Sons of the Pioneers
1962-Michael Landon; Ben Hurr Chariot Races; Parade Marshall Gov. Price Daniels; Chairman Herman
Hancock; Clown Rick Young 1st appearance
1963-Anita Bryant; Allen Case ("The Deputy"); Producer Kinney Bros Rodeo Co., Sulphur, LA; Clowns
Kajun Kid and Rick Young
1964-Eddie Arnold; Miss Texas Jeanne Amacker; Darrell Royal, (UT Football coach)
1965-Hank Williams Jr; First competitive bull fight featuring Rick Young, Kajun Kid (D.J. Gaudin) and
H.R. Williams
1966-Roger Smith
1967-David Houston; Mollie Bee
1968-Marty Robbins; Willie Nelson; Friday night show rained out-only rainout in rodeo history
1969-Robert Conrad; Good Guys and Bad Guys first shootout
1970-Ray Price; Melba Montgomery (sub for Molly Bee)
1971-Hank Thompson; Nat Stuckey; Lynda K. Lance; Producer Tommy Steiner, Austin
1972-Susan Raye; Don Cherry; Producer Billy Minick-Harry Knight Rodeo Co, Ft. Worth; 19 yr old Don
Gay placed 4th in bull riding; (went on to score highest bull ride (89) at NFR; Chris Ledoux (recording
artist) won bareback bronc riding ; Larry Mahan won the saddle bronc riding; Martha Josey placed 3rd in
barrel racing
1973-Wayne Vold; Kenny Seratt; Faye Berry; Clowns Rick Young, Frank Rhodes and Quail
Dobbs; Producer Neal Gay’s 1st year
1974-Hager Twins; King Franklin & Sir Richard’s Chariot Races; Miss Texas Judy Mallett
1975-Bobby Bare; Arena Kachinas trick riders
1976-Asleep at The Wheel
1977-Rod Stegall
1978-Ken Curtis ("Gunsmoke")
1979-Rex Allen Jr.
1980-Joe Stampley
1981-Jackie Ward
1982-Jerry Clower
1983-Dave & Sugar
1984-Jeannie C. Riley; Vern Gosdin
1985-Moe Bandy; Rodeo Clowns Band
1986-No star; Leon & Vicki Adams Horse Act; Bill Hanes shows carnival Queen Karen Walker
1987-Steve Wariner; T. Graham Brown; Vince Vance; Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Queen Melissa Kahla
1988-Mel McDaniel; T. Graham Brown; Charley McClain; Foster & Lloyd; Queen Jennifer Hanks; Jim
Sharp 1st in bull riding; Tuff Hedeman & Cody Lambert tied for 3rd
1989-Mason-Dixon; T. Graham Brown; Jo-El Sonnier; Clint Black (replaced Keith Whitley )
1990-Eddy Raven; T. Graham Brown; Jo-El Sonnier; Garth Brooks
1991-Doug Stone; Bruce Carroll; Joe Diffe; Jo-El Sonnier; (prerodeo concert-Rona Reeves, Mark
Chestnut)
1992-Sammy Kershaw; Aaron Tippin; Davis Daniel; Tracy Byrd
1993-Mark Collie; Collin Raye; Tracy Byrd; Davis Daniel
1994-Doug Supernaw; Radney Foster; Ken Mellons; Rick Trevino; (prerodeo concert-Lee Roy Parnell;
George Dearborne)
1995-Zona Jones; George Ducas; Kenny Chesney; Wade Hayes
1996-David Lee Murphy; Jerry Clower; Daryle Singletary; Rhett Atkins
1997-Trace Adkins; John Conlee; Daryle Singletary; David Kersh
1998-Michael Peterson; Johnny Paycheck; The Dixie Chicks; Paul Brandt
1999-Gene Watson; T. Graham Brown; Danni Leigh; Deryl Dodd
2000-Andy Griggs; Shane Minor; T. Graham Brown; Linda Davis; Rodeo goes on the web at
www.jasperlionsrodeo.com
2001-Harper, Morgan, Auger Rodeo Co; 3 day format tried; Open youth rodeo on Wednesday night;"
Riding with the Pros " program initiated; The Tommy Lucia Revue and Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey;
Keith Isley-clown in the barrel
2002-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; format back to 4 nights; youth rodeo on Saturday before the PRCA rodeo;
Perfect Stranger, Johnny Rodriquez, Bellamy Brothers, David Ball
2003-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Joe Nichols(cancelled), Buddy Badon
and The Bayou Boys Band, Doug Stone
2004-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Louisiana Express,Earl Thomas Conley, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington
2005-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Terry Williford and "Close Friends", Wayne Toups and "Zydecajun",
Ricky Van Shelton, Buddy Jewell
2006-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Jarrod Birmingham, TG Sheppard, Craig Morgan, Randy Rogers Band
2007-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; The Tailormade Band, John Conlee, Keith Anderson, Heartland
2008-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; David Lavender, Eddy Raven, Trent Tomlinson, Luke Bryan
2009-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; The Muddcats, Randy Howser, Joey and Rory,
2010-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Michael Sarver, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Ash Bowers
2011-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co:Thompson Square, Clayton Parker Hart, James Wesley, Easton Corbin
2012-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Eliminator Band, Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, Edens Edge
2013-Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; Russell Bisbey and The Old 300, Dustin Lynch, Gloriana, Greg Bates; tickets on sale for the first time online
2014-