Mandan Rodeo holds ‘Studs and Guns’ raffle for wounded warriors |

Mandan Rodeo holds ‘Studs and Guns’ raffle for wounded warriors

The Mandan Rodeo Committee is selling raffle tickets for diamond earrings and a commemorative rifle and revolver to raise money for its selected charity in 2012, the Wounded Warrior Project. The raffle tickets are $5 each. Only 2,500 tickets are being sold.

Wounded Warriors provides programs to meet the needs of injured service members. Programs are structured to nurture the mind and body as well as to encourage economic empowerment and engagement. More information is available at

The earrings, donated by Zorell’s Jewelry, Bismarck, ND, are three-quarters of a carat diamond studs in 14-karat white gold.

The firearms are donated by GunHutt, Mandan. The handgun, known as “The Smoke Wagon” by Taylor and Company, is a stagecoach-style, single-action revolver. It features a blue finish with a checkered walnut grip. The rifle, also by Taylor and Company, is a single-action, six-shot “Cattleman” revolver. It features a butt stock and 18-inch barrel. The Mandan Rodeo Days logo is engraved on the rifle’s handle.

Raffle tickets are on sale in Mandan at GunHutt, Dakota Community Bank, Twin City Implement, and the Mandan Progress Organization. Bismarck raffle ticket sales locations include Zorell’s Jewelry, Western Unlimited, RCC Western Store at its north location, Dakota Community Bank’s north location, Pahlke Steel, and Advantage Plumbing and Heating. Tickets will also be available at the Mandan Rodeo.

The prize items are on display at Zorell’s Jewelry and GunHutt. Photos of the firearms are posted at

Drawings will be conducted at the July 4 Mandan Rodeo. Plan to attend “Patriot Night” at the Mandan Rodeo on July 3, for a salute to active military members and veterans.

The raffle is open to anyone for the earrings, those 21 years of age or older for the handgun, and 18 years of age or older for the rifle. All state and federal firearms laws apply. Transfer of firearms will be at Gun Hutt after the Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration has concluded.

The Mandan Rodeo Committee in 2011 raised just over $6,000 for charities that support military veterans and their families, Soldier Angels and Service Dogs for America. The 2010 recipient of a $5,000 donation was the Salute America’s Heroes Coalition to assist injured veterans.

– Mandan Rodeo

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