5th Annual Mustang Rodeo

April 2, 2016


The Greens Prairie Elementary PTO is happy to bring you the 5th Annual Mustang Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off and Concert. Please make plans to join us for games, yummy BBQ, great music, and tons of fun with your Mustang friends! This newsletter contains everything you need to know about the Rodeo (and more!), including links for entry forms, sponsorships, purchasing tickets, and much more! Be sure to read all the way to the end for some great surprises!


New for 2016.......a commemorative Rodeo t-shirt! Cost per shirt is $10 (larger sizes are slightly more). All proceeds from the sale of these shirts goes directly back into helping our school! Pick from 5 great colors! To place your order, click HERE! Deadline to order is Monday, March 14th.

Wheel of Sweets!

We have a new game this year.......the Wheel of Sweets! Players will place their chips on any open number on the board, and we will spin the wheel. Winner gets to pick a dessert to take home from our supply of cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, etc.!

We are asking parents to contribute baked goods for his game. Please help us by baking (or buying) and donating a yummy dessert! Check back here in a day or so for a Signup Genius link to help out!

Parents are a very important part of our Rodeo success! Without you, many of the events and games that we have each year would not be possible. We will not be auctioning class baskets this year, so no requests for money or items to fill the baskets will be sent home. Instead, we are asking for your help with providing sweets for our game. Thank you for your support!

Fine Print: All items should be turned in either Friday, April 1st, during school hours, or on Saturday, April 2nd, by 10:00am. Label all items so we know what they are, and if they are Nut Free, Gluten Free, etc.


One of the main ways we raise money is through sponsorships for the Rodeo. This is an incredible advertising opportunity, and a tax free way to support your children's school. The PTO is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization. As such, all contributions/donations are tax deductible. With over 500 families at Greens Prairie, a Rodeo sponsorship get's your business year long recognition and attention.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please click here for the printable form. The deadline for the Rodeo program is THIS Friday, March 11th. But, we will accept sponsorship donations at any time!

Please contact Desarie Hobbs with any questions regarding sponsorships. dhobbs@cccreationsusa.com.



We have some amazing performers and music planned! Put on your boots, kick up your heels, and stomp your feet along to the beat with;

10:30am Mr. Joshua Rhine (World famous GPE 3rd Grade Teacher!)

12:00pm Mr. Dave Cain (Yes, THE Dave "Catfish" Cain!)

1:30pm Jake Ward (To check out Jake's AMAZING #1 single, Take My Hand, click here.)

All performances on the Main stage, in the front parking lot of the school!

BBQ Cook-Off

Think you make the best ribs in town? A top secret brisket recipe? Melt in your mouth chicken grillin' skills? Put your money where your mouth is! Join some of the best grillin', smokin', BBQin' Mustangs around and enter our BBQ Cook-Off! Trophies and bragging rights for the top winner in all three categories, PLUS overall Grand Champion. Don't forget the Potluck Bean competition too! Cash prize (amount based on number of entries) awarded for the best beans! Click here for entry forms and more information!


What is a country rodeo/fair, without a baking contest? Now in our 5th year, our Kid's Cupcake Wars baking contest is one of the best!

Student Cupcake Wars is a FREE (no entry fee) contest, open to all GPE students. Bake your favorite cupcake, and you could be the next GPE Cupcake Champion! Top 3 entries are auctioned off at the Rodeo. All others will be prizes in our famous Cupcake Walk!

Click here for an entry form!

New FUN this year!


We have three great opportunities for you to purchase tickets this year! PRE-ORDER GAME TICKETS ARE SOLD AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE.

1. Download and print (or dig it out of your child's backpack) the Pre-Order/Will Call form from the PTO website by clicking HERE. With this form, you can order game tickets, wristbands (good for most games and all inflatables), and meal tickets, and pay with a check or cash. Send the form to school with your child, and, on the day of the Rodeo, pick up your tickets at our "Will Call" table!

2. Pre-purchase your tickets and wristbands in person at any one of the pre-sale dates and times below. *Please note, lost tickets and wristbands are not refundable/replaceable. CASH, CHECK AND CREDIT CARD* ACCEPTED.

Car Rider Line - Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st, 7:30-8:00am and 2:30-3:30PM

Kidz Club - Thursday, March 31st and Friday April 1st, 4:00-6:00pm

3. Ticket booths will be available on Rodeo day, open at 10:00am and close at 2:30pm. CASH, CHECK AND CREDIT CARD* ACCEPTED. *Please note, game tickets purchased at the Rodeo will be at full price.

*Minimum purchase for credit card is $10.00.


1. Can I get more tickets at discount prices if I have already pre-ordered? YES! You may buy as many tickets as you want, at pre-sale discounts, if you buy at any one of the pre-sale dates. On Rodeo day, all tickets will be full price.

2. How do I turn in my BBQ Cook-Off, Cupcake Wars, or Sponsorship forms? All forms may be turned into the front office at school anytime prior to the close of school on Friday, April 1st. Send the forms and payments to school with your child!

3. I heard there is a craft fair, can I enter? Unfortunately, we will not be hosting a craft fair in conjunction with the 2016 Rodeo. However, if you have products, or a service, that you think our parents would like to see or hear about, we are offering an opportunity, for a donation to the PTO of $40.00 (this is a fundraiser right?), for you to set up a booth in the main traffic areas of the Rodeo. Contact Lara Lewis for more information (lara.lewis2537@yahoo.com).

4. How do I pay for auction items if I win? Good news! This year, the PTO will be able to accept three forms of payment; cash, check, and CREDIT CARDS!

5. Do I have to be present to win an auction item? NO! If you are the winning bid, we will contact you. We typically give you until the end of the week following the Rodeo to pick up and pay for your item(s). After that, we will contact the next person on the bid sheet.

6. I see you have a "kids meal" option for the food this year. Is there an age limit on that meal? NO! Anyone can purchase the kids meal option.

7. How much should I plan to spend at the Rodeo? Now, that is a very hard question for us to answer.......because....well, it is a fundraiser, right? Ticket prices, meal prices and wristband prices are published on the pre-order form and in the program that will be sent home the week of the Rodeo. But, should you run out of cash at the Rodeo, we have you covered! We take credit cards!

8. Is there an age limit on the games and inflatables? Yes, a few of the games and inflatables are not suitable for children younger than 5, but don't worry, we have PLENTY of games for younger children, AND a bounce house dedicated to 6 and younger children only!

9. What does the PTO do with the money raised at the Rodeo? We LOVE for you to ask that question! The money raised at the Rodeo goes right back to the school! The PTO, of course, does have an operational budget that we cover for the following school year. But, beyond that, 100% of the profit from ALL PTO fundraisers goes back to the school to purchase equipment for the school, fund teacher grants, buy educational materials, pay for field trips, support continuing staff education, and to pay for technology upgrades and learning tools that the children use every day! Because we are a 501(c)(3), we make every effort to spend the money in the school year that it is received. We do not carry money over from year to year, except for our operations budget, and a scholarship fund that we maintain for future GPE high school seniors.


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