Young Rounds Up Ropers For Big Weekend

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A pair of events that have their roots in the Rim Country’s pioneer history highlight the July calendar.

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 in Young, the Ninth Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping will afford team ropers the opportunity to showcase their skills and also pay tribute to Meredith, a longtime Gila County rancher, home builder and former high school wrestling champion who died in 2005.

The benefit also honors the memory of Marsha Marcanti, a former Globe resident who succumbed to cancer six years ago at 48 years of age. She was a longtime fixture on the Gila County rodeo and roping circuit. A percentage of the proceeds from the Meredith Memorial are donated to the American Cancer Society in Marcanti’s name.

Sarah Haught, one of the organizers of the Meredith Memorial Roping, expects in excess of the 1,300 teams that competed the last couple of years.

In addition to roping, the three-day celebration includes a parade, quilt show, dance, barbecue, bingo, karaoke, homemade ice cream eating contest, Dutch oven cooking contests and on Sunday, a cowboy church in the bleachers at the arena.

Also, a re-enactment of the Pleasant Valley War, sometimes known as the Tonto Basin Feud will be held for the first time ever.

“We also have coming, for the first time, a horseback drill team,” Haught said.

Among the prizes the ropers will be competing for include engraved .44 lever-action rifles, spurs, buckles, trophy saddles and thousands of dollars in prize money.

The rifles will be awarded to the high-money header and heeler of the weekend.

The second place high-money header and heeler receive the saddles.

Also, 17 buckles will be given to winners of every roping in the junior boys and junior girls competition, as well as to the senior high-money winner.

For more information about the memorial roping, call Garrett or Sarah Haught at (520) 356-6014.

Benefit barbecue, live music

Get down to the Oxbow Saloon and help a neighbor next Saturday. From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Oxbow Saloon on Main Street, friends of Terry Neese will host a benefit to help pay the medical expenses his family incurred during his recent hospitalization and rehabilitation.

The family’s need stems from an incident on April 17, when Terry suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized in Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Friends describe Neese as a man “with a huge heart who loves to help people out.”

For the Neese benefit at the Oxbow, Clay Sopeland and his four-piece Moonshine Mafia band, which is known locally for its high-energy shows and crowd interaction, will provide music.

Also at the benefit, a trio of the Rim Country’s most recognized campfire cooks — Clayton Randall, Roy Haught and Albert Hunt — will prepare a scrumptious, cowboy-style, barbecue feast.

During the afternoon of the benefit, a reverse raffle for a 2013 Polaris Ranger 900 is sure to be a highlight. Those who have participated in reverse raffles know they can turn into a boot-scootin’ good time as ticket holders jockey for the possibility of driving away in the red hot side-by-side.

Tickets for the reverse raffle are available at Payson Concrete, Bud’s Plumbing and Napa Auto Parts.

In addition to the raffle, organizers have scheduled silent auctions, gun raffles and 50/50 raffles, some of which have a fully processed half-beef as a prize.

For more information or to purchase reverse raffle tickets, call Lani Keeney at (928) 978-0990.

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