Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Harold J. Royer Bandshell at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo grounds in Abilene, Kansas
Limited Edition: Fourth Buckle in the 4th Buckle Series Featuring: Duane Carson of Abilene, Kansas; team roper and tie-down roper.
Buckles 1-10 and number 500 (of the 4th buckle in the 4th series) will be auctioned.
Duane Carson is the featured cowboy for the 2013 Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo buckle.
Carson is the fourth buckle in the fourth series, which began in 1989.
The Abilene, Kan. resident has been a tie-down roper since his youth in Hamilton, Kan. He team roped and tie-down roped in 4-H and high school rodeo, qualifying for and competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo all four years of his high school career.
Since graduation in 1981, he has worked at ranches and feedlots and now works as a horse shoer.
He has competed at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene for several years in both the tie-down and team roping, winning the Kansas Lottery Championship Series in 2010.
Duane's rodeo days have slowed down as he has gotten older. "It's a fun thing to do anymore," he said. "It's a hobby, not a 'we're going to make money at this anymore,' for me."
He is married to Angie, and has a daughter, age 25, a step-son, age 20, and a son, who is seven. The seven year old enjoys horses and riding, and may someday be interested in rodeo, Duane said. "Hopefully it'll grow on him in due time."
Buckles one through ten and number 500 will be auctioned off during the annual auction on Friday, August 2 at 6:30 pm. The collector's series of buckles began in 1989 and is in its fourth series. Other items will also be included in the auction....
Also To Be Auctioned:
Historic rodeo items, donated by Beverly Willcoxon to support the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Committee, will also be auctioned!
- 14 framed Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo posters
- 2 mounted pictures of the famous rodeo cowboy Gerald Roberts