SMRA heads to Canada to make bid on international rodeo convention

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Nashville’s Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association’s board of directors are headed to Calgary, Canada to make a bid on holding the International Gay Rodeo Association’s (IGRA) annual convention in Nashville in 2006.

Keith Robinson, Mark Henry, Justin Waldner and Bill Tedder will make their pitch on Sunday Oct. 23 to the more than 170 delegates that are representing some 25 gay rodeo associations that make up the membership of the IGRA.

“We are very excited and we think our chances are very good,” said Tedder.

The four will make their pitch to the delegates wearing “Minnie Pearl” like hats, with a PowerPoint presentation showcasing Nashville and the potential host hotel – the Hotel Preston.

“Nashville is a great place, and the fact that we can show the delegates Southern hospitality as well as being the home of country music, makes it a perfect city to hold the IGRA’s annual convention,” Tedder added.

Tedder isn’t sure how many other cities will be bidding for the convention, but he said it could be as many as 25. Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association (SMRA) is young, about two years old, but has been active in growing and sees the convention as the first step to eventually holding a large rodeo in Nashville.

For more information on SMRA, visit their Web site at www.smra.net.