Recently, I have been asked by people about the condition of Roundup Arena. It has been reported to me that some persons have been saying publicly that Roundup Arena is, in essence, outmoded and run-down. I feel that I owe to our faithful fans, sponsors and hard-working committee to respond to those comments, because nothing could be further from the truth.


    Recently, I have been asked by people about the condition of Roundup Arena. It has been reported to me that some persons have been saying publicly that Roundup Arena is, in essence, outmoded and run-down. I feel that I owe to our faithful fans, sponsors and hard-working committee to respond to those comments, because nothing could be further from the truth.
    The founders of Dodge City Roundup, by the sweat of their brow, built a wonderful facility envied by many in the rodeo industry. It has always been well-maintained.
    In the last five years, major upgrades have been done. To name a few: a new larger announcer's stand, a new sound booth, new state-of-the-art bucking chutes and an all-new holding pen configuration behind the bucking chutes. Women's Chamber has built a new concession stand out back and upgraded the one in the front. JAG has helped with a new concrete slab to the south and one in the vending area. Last year, we opened up the north grandstand to enhance the barrel race event. This year, we will be upgrading the electrical for the vendors and barns for the contestants. We will also be adding shade for the bucking stock. We are constantly painting and repairing the area and upgrading sponsor signage.
    Another sign of growth is the fact that we have increased our per-event payout by $1,500 to continue to qualify to be a Wrangler ProRodeo Tour rodeo, the only one in the state of Kansas. We have two National Finals announcers, the National Finals sound man and have always had National Finals acts and the top contestants in the sport.
    We continue to be the home of the Miss Rodeo Kansas and Miss Rodeo Teen pageant. Entries are up for this year's event. We also will be hosting the Cowboy Clown Reunion this year as well. Our TETWP campaign has raised over $21,000 for cancer education, diagnosis and treatment.
    Dodge City Roundup Inc. is healthy and growing. Therefore, for anyone to intimate that Dodge City Roundup is "run-down" shows their blatant lack of knowledge of the facts, and they should quit commenting on what they obviously do not know.

R.C. Trotter, M.D.
(Proudly) president, Dodge City Roundup Inc.