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Bart Clennon 100th birthday party planned for November 5

Friends and family are planning a big 100th birthday blowout for PRCA Gold Card member Bart Clennon at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Marana (AZ) Stockyards Cafe.

Clennon, who lives in nearby Tucson, is the last living signatory to the 1936 petition that led to the creation of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association, forerunner of the PRCA, and was one of the leading saddle bronc riders of his day.

Casey Tibbs once told a magazine reporter that Clennon was, “the best bronc rider I ever saw, and I can’t figure out why he never won the year (world championship).”

Lewis Bowman, a nephew of ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Everett Bowman, will serve as the master of ceremonies at the luncheon. ProRodeo Hall of Fame rodeo clown Chuck Henson also is expected to be there for the celebration. There is no set cost. Guests will order from the standard cafe menu. For more information, call Bowman at 520-432-4139.

“Bart and I may be the only guys still living who were there to witness the petition being signed in Boston,” Bowman said. “I was 12 years old and traveling with my uncle then. He always said he was going to make me a rodeo cowboy or a singer, and I think it’s the only thing he didn’t accomplish that he set his mind on doing.”

Friends and family are planning a big 100th birthday blowout for PRCA Gold Card member Bart Clennon at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Marana (AZ) Stockyards Cafe.

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Clennon, who lives in nearby Tucson, is the last living signatory to the 1936 petition that led to the creation of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association, forerunner of the PRCA, and was one of the leading saddle bronc riders of his day.

Casey Tibbs once told a magazine reporter that Clennon was, “the best bronc rider I ever saw, and I can’t figure out why he never won the year (world championship).”

Lewis Bowman, a nephew of ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Everett Bowman, will serve as the master of ceremonies at the luncheon. ProRodeo Hall of Fame rodeo clown Chuck Henson also is expected to be there for the celebration. There is no set cost. Guests will order from the standard cafe menu. For more information, call Bowman at 520-432-4139.

“Bart and I may be the only guys still living who were there to witness the petition being signed in Boston,” Bowman said. “I was 12 years old and traveling with my uncle then. He always said he was going to make me a rodeo cowboy or a singer, and I think it’s the only thing he didn’t accomplish that he set his mind on doing.”

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