The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo (WRPR) has grown to be one of the premier early-summer events in Central Wisconsin and has become a well-respected and attended event in the professional rodeo circuit.
Pete Annis, former Vice-President and current Board member of the Lincoln County Rodeo Association (LCRA), chalks a great deal of credit for the rodeo’s success to the hundreds of volunteers and community groups, who have helped bring the rodeo to town over the years.
“To put on a rodeo like we do every year requires a lot of work, set-up is very time consuming,” Annis explains.
“The association only has 25 members or so, so the rodeo just wouldn’t be possible without our many volunteers and community groups who come out to help us every year.”
To show their gratitude and appreciation, the association donates an average of $10,000 annually to the volunteer and community groups who assist them. Donations have been on-going since 1989.
“We’re a not-for-profit organization,” Annis added.
“Part of our mission statement is to enhance the community and the area we live in. We enjoy giving back and showing our appreciation for our volunteers. Our donations are our way of giving back to them for their time and hard work they donate to us every year. The donations also help the community, so its a win win for everyone.”
This year alone, the association has donated over $8,000 and is far from finished. In addition, the LCRA also donates between $2,000 and $2,500 annually to the Marshfield Clinic for Cancer Research.
On behalf of the Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Annis would like to send a sincere thank you to all volunteers and community groups past and future who help make the rodeo a reality every June.
A look back on LCRA donations of 2016: