Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
maj Announcer helps to make a rodeo By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer Vern Arnold often has difficulty deciding whether his rodeo announcing duties are a hobby or another job What started out in 1966 at the Writing On Stone rodeo has developed into as many as 14 rodeos a year and eight Southern Alberta Roping and Riding Club shows got into announcing by Mr Arnold said. started in '66 and I've been at it ever since It was a hobby when it started out but now I wonder if it hasn't developed into a job Mr Arnold left Saskatchewan in search of the good life in Alberta. Born at Maple Sask. and raised on a Golden Prairie district he realized one of his goals when he returned home to announce the Murrydale rodeo a small town they put on quite a attracting around he said. Mr Arnold now makes his home in Foremost. He is the agricultural fieldman for the County of 40-Mile Among his Mr Arnold sees that the weed control act is carries out any VERN ARNOLD agricultural services council feels and is concerned with soil conservation and animal diseases While announcing is still basically a Mr Arnold realizes some cash revenue and entertainment for his wife Aldean and their four Danny and Donna Other hobbies include big game fishing and a collection of Indian artifacts and Mr Arnold's rodeo program has variety everything from college rodeos and roping club get togethers to the Chinook rodeo circuit Travels take him from Olds to Raymond and Cardston to Pincher Creek and Sask with many stops m between While travelling to a Mr Arnold mentally prepares for the up-coming show Upon his first task is setting up his microphone and amplifier equipment Mr Arnold then checks the rodeo's program to see who is competing and makes notes beside each name for the up-coming action. A mere apprentice in the announcing Mr Arnold is constantly improving his presentation He makes it a practice to chat with as many cowboys as possible in order to present a more knowledgable program have tapes of other he said use these with an eye to vocabulary and improving my presentation I don't WE'RE ON THE LOO G KOUT 90D PEOPLE WE are a company of Good People and we need more at this real estate is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. To maintain pace with this rapid Block needs more sales personnel. WE offer some of the best training courses in the in- dustry We offer virtually unlimited funds to help you make deals. WE offer you the satisfaction of helping people attain a lifelong real estate Wtoffer you .Block Bros. For more information call BLOCK BROS. NATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICE LTD. BLOCK BROS. Tim Grisak 328-2356 Evenings 328-2266 BLOCK BROS. copy anyone's style but gather ideas from every Mr. Arnold keeps a file card system on each contestant containing facts and figures and the odd story. have a poor memory and need to keep notes I don't tell any stones that belittle the competitors. What I look for is a truthful one that will prove entertaining for the Mr Arnold explained. mam aspect of announcing is to give the crowd all the information concerning the rodeo the the association and the Since starting in Mr Arnold's style has constantly improved. He has developed from a joke telling style to an informative smooth flowing presentation Mr. Arnold rarely uses his own name during a suggesting he feels self-conscious Announcing a rodeo is one competing is another rode a bull at Foremost on a bet I had to stay on for one jump in order to win but managed to hang on for four or five I picked a bull because a horse is too high to fall off. won the but that's the last I'll never do it Mr. Arnold said. Besides announcing duties at many Chinook Mr Arnold is also secretary manager for the association's 470 members. In this capacity he is concerned about co- operation between the amateur circuit and the professional Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association co operation has improved recently between the two as we now work together in a number of departments the perfect Laundry Pair READY-TO-USE WHEN YOU PORTABLE SPIN- DRYING WASHER Built-in Water x x Hook up to sink and start washing rinse spin dry a full load in minutes Turbo-action agitation gets clothes cleaner faster Use it .store it any- where Saves water saves time saves money Ultra high speed spin removes more water from the wash choice of colors PORTABLE ELECTRIC DRYER Uses 120V current' x x Plug into standard electric outlet amp Portable .rolls on wheels no vent- ing required Ideal with Hoover Spin-Drying Washer gets clothes dry faster Use it store it anywhere 3 separate cycles regular...wash 'n wear...fluff tumble Automatic cool down period Up to 135 minutes drying time 99 S179M BUY THE Complete no charga extras aithar a stand or a can opener- Imile sharpener. FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rd Ave.S. Phona 327-6070 Problem''