It’s time to don your boots and cowboy hat and head over to the Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo! This year celebrates the rodeo’s 75th anniversary and the community is invited to come out June 6-9 and enjoy the “best” professional rodeo has to offer. The Gladewater Rodeo has grown to be one of the premier rodeos in the country, and in 2008 was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Proceeds from this family-friendly, four-night event will help fund scholarships for area graduating high school seniors.
Husband and wife, Ben and Terrie Rambo, are serving together on the rodeo committee this year. As a Gladewater native, Mr. Rambo has been involved with the Round-Up Rodeo in one capacity or another over the years and Mrs. Rambo is enjoying her first year to be involved. Both have a background and careers in education and recognize the opportunities provided through the scholarships awarded each year.
“The Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo has been very important in my life,” Mr. Rambo said. “I won the calf scramble in 1966 and the scholarship in 1969. The heifer purchased with calf-scramble money was with me well after I married and had children, and the scholarship not only enabled me to go to college, but motivated me as well.”
“The relationships that are formed between committee members and students last a lifetime,” Mrs. Rambo said. “My husband is an example of that! Being a part of the rodeo organization this year has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience.”
Mr. Rambo earned his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and his master’s degree in educational administration from Texas Women’s University. His first career was in ranching and he has been in the education field 29 years and counting. Mr. Rambo is the principal at Azleway Charter School-Big Sandy campus.
Mrs. Rambo was born in Beaumont, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from SHSU and her master of education degree from the University of Houston-Victoria. She is a third-generation high school principal (retired) and is now at Azleway Charter School as well.
The Rambos have been married 37 years and have two adult daughters. They attend First Baptist Church Gilmer and are members of the Fellowship class.
Mrs. Rambo credits her parents for setting a volunteer spirit in her life that follows Colossians 3: 23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
For more information about the 75th Annual Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo, please visit www.gladewaterrodeo.com.