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MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTBS) -

The Southern Arkansas University Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center in Magnolia welcomed around 500 community members to witness the first SAU rodeo at the new arena. 

Around a dozen teams are competing in the intercollegiate rodeo as a part of the Ozark Region season. The rodeo continues at 7:00 p.m. Friday night and Saturday night.

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Photo 1: Members of the SAU men's and women's rodeo teams ride into the new Story Arena as the sun sets on this historic day for SAU Rodeo as the $4.4 million arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center hosts its first SAU rodeo.

Photo 2: Kelsey Hayes, 12, rides with the American flag past the setting sun in Southern Arkansas University's first rodeo in the grand Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center. It was fitting for Hayes to kick off the festivities as her father, SAU Rodeo Coach Rusty Hayes, has done so much for the SAU Rodeo program and the Story Arena. Kelsey is a seventh-grade student at Columbia Christian School. The rodeo continues at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Story Arena.

Photo 3: Around 500 people enjoyed the opening night of the SAU Intercollegiate Rodeo Thursday in Magnolia at the new Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center.

Photo 4: SAU Rodeo team members Cord Barricklow and Jacob Thurmon team up to wrestle a steer at SAU's first rodeo in the new Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center Thursday night. The rodeo continues at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Story Arena.

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