The 2020 Lea Park Rodeo was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the committee was thankful to be able to continue their annual truck draw.
On July 22, they held the truck draw and winner, Rhonda Berg, was in shock as she won the 2019 Dodge Ram 3/4 Ton Diesel.
“I would like to thank the Lea Park Rodeo Committee for putting up such a beautiful truck. I really appreciate it and feel lucky to have won. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
When she got the call that she had won, she was at home mowing the lawn and couldn’t really believe it. Her husband was on the committee for years, and now her son is the vice president. Being indirectly involved, she also sold tickets for many years, and made sure to buy a ticket every year.
The truck draw began 27 years ago, and this would have been Lea Park’s 66th Annual Rodeo.
With the rodeo being cancelled, the committee decided to go ahead with the draw.
“It’s a huge asset to our rodeo and the proceeds help to maintain the facility,” said Rick Hozack.
“We’d like to send a huge shout out to the 15 committee members, as well as members of the village and surrounding community for selling every last ticket.”
In addition to the truck, the draw also supported 10 $500 cash prizes.
“Life was certainly different without the rodeo this year,” said president Lloyd Gray.
“It was quite a shock but it was beyond anyone’s control, and the truck draw was the one tradition we could carry on with. We’ll be back bigger and harder next year.”