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Southern University hosts "Jaguar on the Bluff" rodeo

Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University hosted their 'Jaguar on the Bluff' Rodeo Saturday. The event went from 9 a.m to 10 pm at the Maurice A. Edmund Livestock Arena on their land grant campus in Baker.

The day-long festivities included the rodeo, a trial ride and a concert. The rodeo welcomed people of all ages including young farmers, who got to showcase their hard work in raising various different farm animals. 

"We are having individual calf roping, team roping and in the afternoon we are having barrel racing, and relay racing," Associate Vice Chancellor, C. Rueben Walker said.

After the competition, the group went on a trail ride in the Baker area to build a sense of community and spend time socializing with one another. Lil' Nathan and Sweet Nay performed zydeco songs to conclude the event.

"I don't smile much, but I'm smiling now because I'm really excited."  Southern Chancellor Bobby Phills said.

Phills said the event was all about the young people. 

"We want to recruit them. We want to bring them to Southern University," Phills said.

He wants them to understand that Southern University presents a unique educational opportunity, and that it's not all about books. 

Mayor Broome's support staff also ttended the rodeo to show their support for Southern University and their event. 

"The fact that it's a land grant institution, agri-tourism, and agriculture is a huge part of our economy locally, state wide and nationally. So it's another situation for us to support Southern and these guys and what they are trying to do with this rodeo," Mayor Broome's administrative assistant Veneeth Iyengar said.

Southern representatives said they hope the kids will use the money they earned for their education in the future.

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