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Sep 26

Tom Thumb Texas Stampede Returns to PRCA

Posted to Allen Event Center Blog on September 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM by Ryan Brandon

From bull riding to barrel racing and everything in-between, the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede offers a full range of rodeo competition. Today, the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede is pleased to announce its return to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)’s roster in 2012, making the Stampede a can’t-miss event for all rodeo enthusiasts when it rolls into Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, November 9-10, 2012.

"The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is extremely pleased to see the Texas Stampede return to the PRCA family," said Karl Stressman, PRCA commissioner. "The sport of professional rodeo has a long-standing tradition in the Lone Star State, and it's exciting to continue to grow that tradition. This event provides another competitive opportunity for our members, and in turn a great opportunity for fans to see a first-class show. Everybody wins."

Rodeo events at the Stampede will include: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, Tie-Down roping and Barrel Racing. Competitors from all over the country will descend upon Allen to take part in this PRCA competition, meaning the biggest names in rodeo will be on-hand to compete against the best of the best. The Tom Thumb Texas Stampede is the fourth-largest rodeo in Texas.

“Rodeo is at the heart of the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede,” said Zandy Carnes, executive director of the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede. “Being a part of the PRCA’s line-up means we can continue to draw top rodeo talent and put on a show that people can’t wait to see – which helps us achieve our mission of improving the quality of life for children and families served through our support of children’s charities in North Texas.”

Commissioner Stressman meets with Carnes and other Tom Thumb Texas Stampede officials and select rodeo contestants Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at Allen Event Center to discuss the PRCA’s role in the event and to tour the host facility, Allen Event Center.

In addition to the great sport of rodeo, the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede also includes the Western Festival, the Christmas Stampede Western Holiday Marketplace, full-length concerts by major recordings artists, a Miss Texas Stampede contest, a cattle drive and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Tracy LawrenceFriday, November 9, the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede will feature one of the most recognizable voices in country music: Tracy Lawrence. Born in Atlanta, Texas, Lawrence grew up in Arkansas and made his way to Nashville to become a country singer. He has released nine studio albums, three compilations, a live album, and a Christmas album, with his studio albums accounting for more than thirty singles on the Billboard country music charts. Of these, eight have reached number one, including: "Sticks and Stones" (1991), "Alibis", "Can't Break It to My Heart", "My Second Home" (all 1993), "If the Good Die Young" (1994), "Texas Tornado" (1995), "Time Marches On" (1996) and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" (2006). His new album, “The Singer,” cements why Lawrence is considered one of his genre’s cornerstone artists as a singer-songwriter. The evening begins with a championship rodeo at 7:30 p.m. at Allen Event Center, followed by a full-length concert by Tracy Lawrence. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission seats, $50 for assigned plaza seats and $100 for assigned VIP seats in the first six rows.

Lee Brice takes the Stampede stage the evening of Saturday, November 10Lee Brice, displaying the talent that has earned him a Country Music Awards nomination for 2012 “Best New Artist of the Year.” Though audiences may be familiar with this Sumter, South Carolina, native for his number-one hit and sixth single, "A Woman Like You", the first release from his album Hard 2 Love, Brice actually began in country music as a songwriter, working with talents such as Jason Aldean, Keith Gattis and Cowboy Crush. Along with Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs, he co-wrote Garth Brooks' 2007 single "More Than a Memory," which became the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to debut at number one. Brice will put on a memorable, full-length show at Allen Event Center following an exciting rodeo competition that starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission seats, $50 for assigned plaza seats and $100 for assigned VIP seats in the first six rows.

Tickets for all events are available online by going to

The 2012 Tom Thumb Texas Stampede also includes a Western Heritage Festival at Allen Event Center. The festival will include a petting zoo, pony rides, mutton bustin’, stick horse races and the Texas Stampede Western Marketplace. The festival runs from Friday, November 9th through Saturday, November 10th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Beyond championship rodeo and great concerts, the Texas Stampede is a non-profit organization that has contributed close to $3 million to “make every second count” for children’s charities in North Texas since the event began in 2001.

Christopher Carter, president of the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede, said, “On behalf of our entire board of directors, we are proud and excited to re-establish our partnership with the PRCA to bring this quality of rodeo competition to Allen Event Center.”