Cowboy Classic Pro Rodeo helping Ozarks Food Harvest again

Cowboy Classic Pro Rodeo helping Ozarks Food Harvest again

March 16, 2012

Ticket discount offered for nonperishable food donations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The annual Cowboy Classic Pro Rodeo will partner with Ozarks Food Harvest to collect food donations Friday, Mar. 23 and Saturday, Mar. 24. Attendees are asked to bring canned food donations for The Food Bank in exchange for a $1 discount on admission.

This is the seventh straight year the Cowboy Classic Pro Rodeo has supported OFH. Over the past two years, more than 1,000 pounds of food has been collected for Ozarkers in need.

Donations may include canned meat, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned vegetables and boxed meals, such as macaroni and cheese or potato dinners. All donations should be in undamaged and unexpired packages. No glass containers are accepted.

The 18th annual rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Mar. 23 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 24 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Indoor Coliseum. Contestants will compete in bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding and more.

General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children, or with a nonperishable food donation, $11 for adults and $5 for children. Advanced tickets are available at PFI and Price Cutter.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches approximately 80,000 individuals monthly and distributes 12 million pounds of food annually. OFH was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and its facility, the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, recently received AIB International food safety certification. Learn more at and at