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Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Festival

The 19th Annual Butterfield Festival was held on July 28, 2012 at the Ward County Coliseum.  Ferron Lucero was the emcee and his sister Brandy provided the music.  The duo have participated with Butterfield for the last seven years.

The BBQ was prepared by the Wagon Masters and was served from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Various members of the Butterfield Committee prepared sides and desserts.  The MHS Coaches were the servers. Texas Country entertained the crowd during dinner.

Through The Pages Bookstore hosted local Midland authors, James Pylant and Cheri Knight's book signing at the Kick-Off BBQ.  This occurred at the Butterfield festival Coliseum at 5:30 PM.  The authors visited with attendees and discussed their books.

The Butterfield Bull Rides began at 7:30.  Samantha Santillan sang the National Anthem.  Reserved tickets were $10 and general admission was $8, children 6 and under were free.  The bull fighters were Marty Cormier, Jimmy Lee and Tim Webb.  The Stock Contractors were Rocky McDonald, Dickie Williams, Tommy Owens, Thad Winn, Tom Messick, Lane Smith, Wisman Rodeo Company, Rockin' H Rodeo Company and Brandon Lusk.  The top bull riders competed in a Short Round Competition.

The winners were:

First Round:
1st-Tyler Adrian of Decatur, TX
2nd-Joseph Vasquez of Alamagorda, NM
3rd-Hadley Miller of Springville, AZ

Second Round:
1st-Rocky McDonald of Carslbad, NM
2nd-Hadley Miller of Springville, AZ

1st-Hadley Miller of Springville, AZ
2nd-Rocky McDonald of Carslbad, NM
3rd-Tyler Adrian of Decatur, TX
4th-Joseph Vasquez of Alamagorda, NM

Circle J sponsored the Boot Scramble.  Drayton Montez was the 6 and under winner.  Milo Smith won for the 7-12 age group.

Proceeds from the Butterfield Overland Coach Festival are used to benefit the youth of our community.  They give at least eight $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.  They also provide the Spelling Bee trophies to Tatom and Sudderth Elementary and have donated to Kid Zone.


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