Wild rides honored, big dreams realized
By Nathan French
The dissipating jingle of spurs, departing trailers, and the fading sight of western bedecked individuals all illustrate that XIT has come and gone. The 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion had a great crowd this year, paying tribute to the 73-years-strong XIT spirit.
The story of the infamous XIT ranch lingers, even though the rodeo and high school reunions have ended; the bands that displayed their talent at the rodeos’ nightly dances have packed up and left, and now the rodeo grounds have once again fallen silent.
In previous months, many were involved in the countless preparations for the large crowds that come to XIT to partake in the free food, live music, country dancing, and the thrill of the rodeo. All of those preparations paid off with the lake area and rodeo grounds looking great. Congratulations to Dalhart for how beautiful the community looked for XIT.
Events revolving around XIT provided an arrayed assortment; ensuring that any attendee could find something enjoyable to do. This year’s melodrama “The Masked Canary,” was a huge hit; the XIT Museum’s Featured Artist Manuel Franco’s receptions had a great response; the 5K Joe Nisbett Runs had many entries; and all of the events together guaranteed that there was indeed something for everyone. For horsepower fueled individuals, there was the Antique Tractor Show and Pull or the Mud Bog; for the artistic mind, there was Franco’s artwork or the craft bazaar; or if you were up for a thrill from a safe distance, there was the nightly rodeo.
The 73rd XIT Rodeo Directors once again did an excellent job in organizing an impressive parade, planning great entertainment for the rodeos, bringing awesome bands for the nightly dances, and getting free food for the thousands of attendees. We at the Texan would like to commend all of the directors, their spouses, and everyone that worked and volunteered their time to make the 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion an unforgettable event.
The PRCA did not disappoint this year; providing the best in the business in terms of rodeo stock and talent to match. The rodeos were enjoyable with a great turnout. Unparallel talent, great crowds, great concessions, and the love of rodeo were truly fitting to Wild Rides and Big Dreams. We leave this year’s rodeo with a new XIT Queen, Jamie Frazier. Former XIT Queen, Laramie Wing, passed on the reigns to Jamie at Saturday evening’s Queen Contest.
Saturday’s parade was an excellent culmination of businesses, organizations, individuals; all joined together in paying homage to this year’s theme of Wild Rides and Big Dreams. Attendance for the parade was spectacular with spectators lining the entirety of Denrock Avenue and parts of Denver Avenue.
While it is near impossible to name all events and people that made the 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion great; one thing is evident, through hard work and planning wild rides were honored and big dreams realized making this year’s XIT a huge success. While I will miss the jingle of spurs, the thrill of the rodeo, and the great fun of catching up with old friends, there is always next year to look forward to.