City, EDC Make Generous Contributions to Rodeo, Livestock Show

Founded in 1989, The Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo, along with the Cameron County Livestock Show, continue to bring entertainment and opportunity to the community of Los Frenos. This coming year will mark the rodeo’s 30th Anniversary. Photo: Los Fresnos Rodeo Facebook Community Page

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Two organizations have received generous contribution from the City of Los Fresnos and the Community Development Corp.

The council approved a service agreement during its Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting, or a week after CDC did the same.

The two recipient organizations are Los Fresnos Rodeo Committee and the Cameron County Livestock Show and Fair.

The city gave the rodeo committee $13,500 while the livestock show was given $5,500 to hold their annual events next year.

A week earlier, CDC allocated $12,500 to the rodeo while the livestock show received $8,000.

Mike Todd, the rodeo committee chairman, said they will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the PRCA-sanctioned extravaganza.

However, he said they donate thousands of dollars in scholarships and to non-profit entities like to the American Red Cross.

“We gave this year $20,000 to students from seven Valley high schools,” Todd said. “We also spent a big chunk of the money we made from the rodeo into the facility to make upgrades.”

One such upgrade was to add skyboxes and he said there is a demand for more as several businesses and other organizations are on a waiting list.

“We asking for the same amount you give us last year, “ he said, “but anything over that will be greatly appreciated.”

EDC usually give $10,000, but increased its donation by $1,500 to pay for the skyboxes for this year’s rodeo.

This time, however, it upped the amount by $1,000 more.

Board member Robert Lopez made the motion.

EDC approved giving $8,000, following a motion made by board member Irene Romero.

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