By Elisa C. Marques
In a celebration held on Monday, September 21, President Bonnie Humphrey and Don and Julie Julien cut the “rope” of the MVC DJ Rodeo Arena, a 61,750 sq. foot covered facility that will allow rodeo’s athletes to practice year-round.
The party counted with the presence of many people from the Marshall Community, who were praised by President Humphrey as a blessing to the institution.
“What I am most fortunate about in my many years at Missouri Valley is the generosity of people in our community,” she said.
Ken Mason, MVC Head Rodeo Coach, also thanked Don and Julie Julien, donors of $750,000 to the College’s rodeo program.
“It’s hard when you’re standing in a room in front of 50 kids and you have to tell them they can’t practice because we just had three inches of rain,” Mason said.
After the ceremony, the Missouri Valley College Rodeo Team did some practice drills to the public in the new arena, such as bull riding and buckle. Food and beverages were provided, and music played all the time in the two hour event.
The construction of the arena began in December 2014 and was completed in August.