Imperial Rodeo Company announces Eastern Kentucky Stampede

Appalachian Wireless Arena, formerly East Kentucky Exposition Center, General Manager Paul Bowles poses for a photo with rodeo producer Bobby Rowe as the two announced the formation of the Eastern Kentucky Stampede set for Pikeville in January.

For nearly 30 years Appalachian Wireless Arena General Manager Paul Bowles and legendary rodeo producer Bobby Rowe worked together in Salem, Virginia and they will join back up  Jan. 24-26 for the first Eastern Kentucky Stampede, according to a statement from the arena.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring our family oriented rodeo to Eastern Kentucky,” said Imperial Rodeo Company spokesman Kevin DeBusk. “More so, we’re really excited to partner up with Paul again because, much like we do, he insists on his patrons getting a quality product.”

Bowles said the event will be full rodeo.

“When I started my new career as general manager, several local people asked if I could find a rodeo with all the competitions instead of just Bull Riding and I’m excited about reuniting this partnership,” Paul Bowles said.

Bowles continued saying, “When a GM is searching for event, several items must be considered before booking any type event. Are you putting the best event in front of your patrons that support your venue? Is there a level of trust? Can we be successful? To answer those questions, look no further than the Imperial Rodeo Company. Bobby and his company and contractors have been successful, trustworthy and produced a first-class rodeo for more than 50 years.”

Imperial Rodeo Company and Bobby Rowe have been bringing family-oriented International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) events to venues across the country for more than 50 years, according to the statement.. Prior to establishing his own company, producer Bobby Rowe learned the ropes of rodeo while working for Loretta Lynn and her rodeo company as well as competing in four events: Saddle Bronc; Bareback; Bull Riding; and Steer Wrestling. In addition, he captured the 1965 IPRA World Saddle Bronc title and has been recognized for his work numerous times over his career.

“And it’s that knowledge and passion combined with some of the best specialty acts, bull fighters, rodeo clown, stock and contestants in the nation that assures a first-class experience,” DeBusk said. “After all our shows are perfect for those 2 to 82.”

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