World Finals Rodeo Raises Money For Train Accident Victims

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Military cowboys and cowgirls were in Midland this weekend for this year's World Finals Rodeo. It was filled with excitement over the weekend but also with sadness as they remembered those who were affected by the train crash tragedy in Midland.

As cowboys and cowgirls lassoed calf and pulling leather for dear life, this year's World Finals Rodeo is a special one.

"It's the right thing to do, what we tried to do. Provide a place to heal, start the healing process," Val Baker, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel & Vice President of Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association, said.

The Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association (PAFRA) remembered those who are no longer with us and those who were injured from that Midland train crash that happened almost two weeks ago during the festivities over the weekend. A day this Lieutenant Colonel will remember.

"But to have it be fellow veterans and something that was suppose to be celebratory with Show of Support, its tragic," Baker said.

All weekend long, PAFRA collected donations from people to help those affected by the train crash and they're also giving 20 percent of the weekend's ticket sales to victims.

"Everybody pitched in. All the crowd pitched in, the contestants pitched in. The roping team, the other day, they pitched in. We have a good amount of money that we just haven't had a chance to count and calculate up," Baker said.