Cross Cut Cowboy Church of Ada will host “Turn for the Twisters” starting today at 2 p.m. and running through Sunday evening.
The two-day barrel race at the Shawnee Expo Center will benefit victims of the May 19 tornado.
“We’ve already got 457 entries on barrel horses already,” said Lisa Lawson, volunteer and member of Cross Cut Cowboy Church. “We’re expected to raise about $14,000 or $15,000.”
There will also be a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. All proceeds from the auction, registration fees and entry fees will be given directly to tornado victims, Lawson said.
“We have people from Kansas, Arkansas and Texas, and we’re completely sold out of stalls,” she said.
Tres Rios Silver and Bob Berg donated 10 buckles to be awarded as prizes, Lawson said. She explained that five buckles to the winners on Saturday and five would be Sunday.
For riders that run on both Saturday and Sunday, five saddles will be awarded for the highest average, Lawson said.
She said the expo center donated the use of its arenas and stalls.
“All the workers are donating their time,” Lawson said. “The tractor driver, bookkeeper, announcer and everyone else aren’t getting paid.”
More than 25 volunteers will be working all day Saturday and Sunday to host the barrel race, she added.
Competitors wanting to race today must register by 2 p.m. today. Competitors racing Sunday must register before 9 a.m. that day.