News Cast 3/15

News Cast for March 15th:

Cattlemen’s Rodeo winners announced

Cody DeMoss won All-around Cowboy at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Cow Town Rodeo Sunday.

Total payout this year exceeded $53,000.

Winners included….

-Wyatt Denny in the bareback with a ride of 88.

-Tyler Waguespack and Joshua Hefner with a four second time won in steer wrestling.

-Laramie Allen and Truman Magnus with a 4.6 second time in team roping.

-Sterling Crawley scored 88 to win the saddle bronc riding.

-Justin Smith recorded a time of 7.4 seconds to win tie down roping.

-Michelle Alley ran a time of 16.71 seconds in the barrel racing

-Wade Berg scored 88 to win the bull riding.

Fair opens Tuesday

The Okeechobee County Fair is excited about the 2021 version.

The event runs Tuesday through Sunday.

The entertainment list this year includes a popular demolition derby on Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

Other daily events include Max Pro and Nitro, a horse show, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, a BMX cycle circus and other events.

Tickets are available online at OkeechobeeCountyFair.com for $5.00 apiece.

Fair President Linda Syfrett said they will have several safety precautions in place due to COVID-19.

“We encourage everybody to wear masks.  We will have extra hand washing stations with soap and water available.  Every ride will have hand sanitizer.  The food service area will have hand sanitizer stations.”

Syfrett said crowds are usually thinner on Wednesday and Thursday for those that have concerns about large crowds.

She said the midway operator has been conducting safe events in Georgia and other areas this winter.

“Our ride provider is very conscious about people’s concerns with COVID.  He has taken some of the horses out of the merry go round to increase distance between them.  They have had no problems whatsoever.  The beauty of our fair is your outside, you are not in a closed in building.”

The midway will also include several new rides.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department will be highly visible during the fair.  They remind parents that an adult should accompany young children, Community Services Officer Jack Nash said.

“We will be out there to help.  If children need us, please make sure they come and look for our uniform.”

Nash urged fair goers to take a few safety precautions like locking the doors to your vehicles.

Deputies will be patrolling each night of the fair.

Nash said parents should also keep track of their kids.

“The fair is not your babysitter.  We get a lot of kids who are dropped off.  We have found kids as young as eight and nine wandering around without mom and dad.”

Rising gas prices expected to stick around

Florida’s AAA said the price of gas could reach $3.00 per gallons.

The average price today was $2.86 per gallon in Florida and $2.89 per gallon in Okeechobee County.  The average price in Glades County was $2.86.

AAA Spokesperson Mark Jenkins said consumers should shop around and be familiar with prices at local gas stations.  He noted you can save some money if you pay for gas with cash.

“Things are very volatile right now.  If we continue to see gains in the price of crude oil than $3.00 per gallon is a possibility,” he added.

He said some gas stations are already charging $3.00 per gallon in Florida.

Jenkins said rural areas often have higher gas prices.  “Competition really does drive prices at the pump.  Many stations in rural areas have no competition across the street.”

He noted it can cost more to transport gas to rural counties and that cost is often reflected at the pump.