Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prison Rodeo Gets Inmates Bucking

MCALESTER, Okla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tomorrow (Aug. 15) through Saturday (Aug. 16), felons in McAlester, Oklahoma, will get to smell freedom – and bull crap.

The 68th Annual Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo is buckin’ into town, and convicted prisoners get the chance to ride some broncos.

Event spokesperson Helen Wheeler says, “It’s something for the inmates to look forward to, a little diversity from the everyday, and a reward for good behavior. It reminds them of the way things used to be when they were free.”

Teams of 10 male and female jailbirds are rounded up from Oklahoma slammers to compete in events like bareback horse riding and bull riding.

The cons also do time in a quirky competition called “Money the Hard Way,” in which they have to catch a wild bull that has $100 tied to its horns in order to win the cash.

Wheeler says, “That’s more than they make in a year while behind bars, so it’s pretty fun to watch them all running around after the money.”

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