FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brings the 2012 Casey Tibbs Match of Champions to the Stanley County Fairgrounds–to benefit the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. There will be a full day of activities-starting at the center–on the hill above Fort Pierre. The day begins at noon with a branding, in which people can burn their brands into the columns along the entry to the museum. There will also be two free horseshoeing demonstrations, two free horse training clinics and lunch will be served. One of the event organizers, Bryan Hanson of Fort Pierre, says those interested in purchasing a small statue-ette of Billy Etbauer on the saddle bronc Painted Valley can do so at the center Saturday. He says money raised through the sales of the small bronze statues will go to pay for a large bronze that will be placed at the center. Hanson says Etbauer will be on hand Saturday to meet and greet fans and sign autographs.
100 of the small bronzes are being sold and Hanson says there are just a few left. Hanson also notes that everyone that pays to place their brand at the center Saturday will get their name in the hat and later at the match, the branders will get the chance to have their name drawn for a handmade hat from Star of the West Hat Company.
At the fairgrounds, starting at 4:00 p.m., Hanson says there will be steak fry, followed by a tribute to the 200th National Guard members and the bronc riding starts at 7:15 p.m.
Hanson says this year’s match will be different than matches in previous years.
Advance tickets are available through today for $13.00. Tickets at the gate are $15 and people can buy Gold Buckle Reserved Seating for $30 by stopping at the Casey Tibbs Center. For more information, visit the website www.caseytibbs.com
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