ABOUT THE LAWTON RANGERS
The Historical Association of the Lawton Rangers is a volunteer 501 (c3) non profit community organization that preserves and promotes the furtherance of agricultural education and western heritage. The Historical Association of the Lawton Rangers was originally founded in 1938 and strives to contribute to the quality of life in Comanche county and the surrounding area. Funding for the Association is provided primarily through the annual PRCA Rodeo produced continually since 1938. Our unwavering commitment to producing the finest PRCA rodeo is crucial to our continuing efforts to promote Agricultural education and our western heritage.
Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo presented by the Hilliary Family
The Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo presented by the Hilliary Family is one of the top 50 rodeos in the U.S. Over 400 of the most skilled cowboys and cowgirls in the country will compete in tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. Grab your cowboy hat and head out to the Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo presented by the Hilliary Family each night to watch edge-of-your-seat rodeo action, as well as live entertainment. Admire the well-groomed horses, the high-spirited bulls and the participants who will showcase their abilities.
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The Lawton Rangers was originally formed as the Buckaroo Club and had its first Rodeo in 1938. The club utilized the old county fairgrounds located just north of the Fairmont Creamery building at that time.
In 1944 the county sold the fairground property and the buckaroo club disbanded. 6 of the original members, decided to form a new club and it was incorporated as the Lawton Rangers on Oct 26, 1944. These 6 members put in $500.00 each towards a down payment on a piece of property located on South 11th Street, just North of Surplus City. A new arena was constructed there.
The land where this arena was located was due to be redeveloped by the City of Lawton. There became a need for a new arena site. In 1958 the club purchased 40 acres where the current LO ranch is located. A new arena was constructed and the first Rodeo was held in the late 1960s. Over the years this arena has come to hold 9000 spectators. Our rodeo is one of the largest held in Oklahoma and one of the Top 40 in the country.
In 2007 the Lawton Rangers received the prestigious honor of becoming the Centennial Riding Club of the State of Oklahoma. The Rangers rode in parades all over the state promoting Rodeo. The highlight of being the Centennial Riding Club was riding in the Centennial Parades In Guthrie and Oklahoma City.
Besides the rodeo, the Lawton Rangers are involved in numerous charities and civic events, such as the Lawton Rangers scholarship program, the Saddle & Sirloin Club, Comanche County Spring Livestock Show.
The Lawton Rangers have been a part of Lawton’s birthday celebration since the beginning of the club. The Rodeo coincides with Lawton’s birthday and has a Rodeo dance after the rodeo on Fri and Sat night. The Rangers have enjoyed serving a large breakfast to the public for years, it is a highlight of the celebration.
Including the current president, Curtis Sims the rangers has had 37 Presidents. The club elected its first Queen in 1955.
Board of Directors 2021
President: Don Thomas
Vice President: Charles Lupi
Treasurer: Mark McDonald
Secretary: Roy Phillips
Past President: Tom Phillips
BOD: Roy Phillips
BOD: Danny McCarty
BOD: Marty New
BOD: Kelly New
BOD: Tommy Arnold
Lawton Rangers Club Committees 2021
Grounds: Danny McCarty
Grounds (rodeo): Charles Lupi
Parades: Tom Phillips
Ft. Sill Liason: Tom Phillips
Scholarships: Larry New
Queens: Hunter Hixon
Club House: Scotty Hughes
Planning: Charles Lupi
Historian: Wayne Bales
Memberships: Tommy Arnold
Dance: Hunter Hixon
Website: Hunter Hixon
Social Media: Tom Phillips, Richard Joiner, & Hunter Hixon
VIP: Tom Phillips & Mark McDonald
Pivots: Tom Phillips & Curtis Sims
Flags: Dee Davis
Buckles: Larry New
Breakfast/VIP Meals: Tom Hysong
Vendors: Richard Poole & Charles Lupi
Trail Rides: Lynn Carmen
Tickets: Mark McDonald
Advertising: Farrell Large
Chamber of Commerce: Marty New
Programs: Hunter Hixon
By-Laws: Marty New
PRCA Liason: Marty New
Security: Larry Johnson
Concessions: Richard Poole
The Lawton Rangers are currently involved in several agricultural related community projects. College scholarships are provided to several students who express a desire to further their education in agronomy, animal science, veterinary medicine, or a related field. The scholarship recipients are chosen on a non-discriminatory basis. Scholarship recipients who meet the semester requirements and annually apply can be awarded the scholarship annually through their college career.
Annually the Lawton Rangers are one of the largest contributors at the Comanche County Spring Livestock Show. As a large volume buyer at the premium sale, donations are provided to exhibitors to further their livestock show projects. The Rangers also provide assistance to the Comanche County 4-H equestrian club and the Giddy-up-Go therapeutic riding program for youth.
Additionally, the Lawton Rangers contribute to the battered women’s shelter through monetary donations. Through the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” program the Rangers have raised and donated monies for mammograms and other care for breast cancer patients. Contributions have also been contributed to the “Starlight Foundation” at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital. The foundation creates programs that educate, entertain and inspire seriously ill children. It helps children and families cope with the challenges they face on a daily basis. The Lawton Rangers have also contributed and supported 40 local elementary school programs by providing newspapers in classes for educational purposes.
The Lawton Rangers have provided financial assistance for the Miracle League program provides an opportunity for children with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball. With a specially designed rubber turf field, the Miracle League makes dreams come true for children with special needs.
The Lawton Rangers have worked to provide assistance to local Special Olympians and coaches to attend the state Olympics in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This organization is special to the Rangers and the organization strongly supports the mission of the Special Olympics, “…to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of
Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
The Oklahoma High School and Jr. High School associations have begun hosting a state rodeo in May at the Lawton Rangers Arena. The Rangers sponsor the rodeo by waiving expenses to the associations and providing volunteer helped in producing the event. We believe in supporting the youth involvement in rodeo and fully support each association.
ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED:
- Breast Center
- Cancer Awareness’
- Children’s Starlight Foundation Memorial Hospital
- Comanche County live Stock Show (Saddle & Sirloin Club Premium sale)
- Fort Sill, MWR
- Lawton Alcoholic Foundation
- Lawton Rangers Scholarship Program
- Miracle League
- Trail Ride for Giddy Up ‘N Go
- Spirit of Survival