McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Red Willow County Visitor's Committee approved a grant request, Tuesday afternoon, that will assist in bringing a sanctioned stock dog competition to McCook. The two day event, sanctioned by the National Cattledog Association and the Outback Stock Dog Association, is scheduled for Dec. 8-9, 2012, at Kiplinger Arena.
According to the $500 grant request, participants will maneuver cattle through various obstacles in the arena, competing for prize money and points from the two sanctioning associations.
The event is anticipated to bring participants from all over the country and coordinators hope it is successful enough to carry out on an annual basis.
The visitor's committee also approved an additional $250 to go to the 2012 Central Plains Reining Horse Association for the horse reining event that took place at the arena in September. The association received a combined $1,750 from the visitor's committee.
The coordinators of that event were very pleased with the results, according to Red Willow County Tourism Director Carol Schlegel, who said they had already booked the arena for next year. This year marked the first year the reining association had coordinated such an event in McCook and they said previously they hoped it would grow into a major event in years to come.
During Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting Schlegel also updated the visitor's committee about a Watchable Wildlife Conference she attended in Colorado recently. Schlegel said it was encouraging to find she was headed in the right direction, pertaining to efforts put forth to promote watchable wildlife in Red Willow County.
Schlegel said she had also been contacting area businesses to coordinate potential group tours in conjunction with watchable wildlife events and preliminary conversations had taken place with the college, pertaining to the possibility of complimenting classes and the use of their buses.
Grant funding approved by the Red Willow County Visitors Committee disperses revenue received through lodging taxes that is collected from county hotel and motel patrons throughout the year.