Alpha Psi Rodeo: Let the fun begin

Ladies enjoying the Alpha Psi Rodeo
Students enjoying the Alpha Psi Rodeo (Photo Credit: The Corner News // File Photo)

The brothers of Alpha Psi veterinary fraternity have been preparing for the Alpha Psi Rodeo, an annual fundraiser benefiting local charities. This year’s Alpha Psi Rodeo is Saturday, April 2 at Ingram Farms in Opelika.

The Alpha Psi Rodeo has been held since 1965 to raise money for local charity. Charities that have benefited from the event include the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Storybook Farm and Lee County Special Olympics.

The band headlining at the evening concert following the day’s rodeo events is country act The Eli Young Band. Opening the concert will be Nashville duo Muscadine Bloodline, followed by Josh Thompson.

Alpha Psi has made improvements to this year’s rodeo event to improve safety and security for attendees.

“We have been planning for Rodeo 2016 since the day after Rodeo 2015,” said Alpha Psi Rodeo chairman Justin Gibson. “To improve safety of all event goers we have increased restroom access, increased lighting… and are not allowing beer funnels and other items that encourage binge drinking.”

The Alpha Psi Rodeo will begin at 10:30 a.m. when parking opens. All vehicles entering the farm, cars, trucks and buses only, must pay $10 at the gate per vehicle. Each person riding in a vehicle must have an event ticket. Tickets must be pre-purchased either online or at Ander’s Bookstore prior to the event.

“We are expected to have over 10,000 [people] in attendance from all over the US,” said Alpha Psi Rodeo chairman Bryan Murdock. “We already have confirmation of attendees from Connecticut, Texas, Washington state and every SEC school.”

Other improvements to the event include that all attendees must enter the farm by riding in a vehicle. No one may enter the event by riding in the back of a truck as was allowed in previous years. Public transportation will also be available. Buses will run from the corner of North Donahue Drive and Bragg Avenue to Ingram Farm. Roundtrip bus fare costs $20 and one way, either way, costs $12.

“We are also allowing organizations to bring their own bus to ensure that everyone has a safe ride home,” Gibson said. “We encourage everyone to drink responsibly and always designate a driver.”

The Alpha Psi Rodeo will take place rain or shine. In case of warm temperatures, misting stations and cold water will be provided to all attendees. Emergency medical services will also be on the property with tents set up for any guest who needs assistance.

“The rodeo is one of our favorite parts [of the day] because of the intensity from the crowd and competition from the riders,” said Murdock. “We are also excited for The Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, and Muscadine Bloodline. It’s a great Line-up. We hope to see everyone there!”

Visit on Sunday to see Rodeo photos!

Alpha Psi Rodeo Schedule:

10:30 a.m. Parking opens

11 a.m. Gates open

1:30 p.m. Rodeo events begin

Concert begins in the evening after the completion of all rodeo events.

Tips: No glass containers allowed at entry.

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