CROSBY, Texas â€“ Thereâ€™s a reason why many of the top cowboys in the game have circled the dates on the calendar for the Crosby Fair and Rodeo.
They know theyâ€™ll get the best bucking horses and bulls from Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeo, the firm that produces the annual event set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Rockâ€™n C Arena.
â€śPete Carr has the bucking horses and bulls that are unreal,â€ť said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Waller, Texas. â€śWhen I think about Pete Carr, I think about 90-point rides, rock â€™nâ€™ roll music and fans loving it.â€ť
Cannon will be one of several NFR qualifiers scheduled to compete in Crosby. Itâ€™s one of the attractive features the county has when the fair and rodeo takes place each June.
This yearâ€™s event also will feature Cody Teel, the 2012 world champion bull rider from Kountze, Texas, and a three-time NFR qualifier. Itâ€™s more than a close drive from home for Teel; he understands the drawing power the Carr firm has for cowboys.
â€śHeâ€™s got the best bull pen going,â€ť Teel said of Carr. â€śHeâ€™s got my vote for stock contractor of the year. He really tries to put together a good set of bulls, and it shows. There wasnâ€™t one bull you didnâ€™t want to get on. He gives a guy every opportunity to win.
â€śI was more anxious for his rodeos this year because of his bulls. You know youâ€™re going to draw pretty good. It showed this year. All his rodeos had a lot of big scores, which shows how good the bulls really are. He definitely has the deepest set of bulls in rodeo.â€ť
Pete Carr is a two-time nominee for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associationâ€™s Stock Contractor of the Year. Each of the past two seasons, 27 Carr animals were selected to buck at the NFR, an event record for the number of animals from one contractor.
That kind of firepower makes for an amazing show for rodeo-goers. Of course, having the top stars in town makes a big difference.
â€śPeteâ€™s got an eye for horses, and heâ€™s surrounded himself with people who know what theyâ€™re talking about,â€ť said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a six-time NFR from Heflin, La. â€śYou want to go to Peteâ€™s rodeos, because youâ€™re going to get on something.â€ť
The key for any competitor is having a chance to win any time they are in the arena. Cowboys know that will be possible in Crosby.
(NewsUSA) - While last summer was a record-setting high season for French Provencal rosé, all signs seem to point to a new European invasion this year; the shandy is having its moment.
Hailing from 17th-century Europe, a shandy traditionally consists of beer mixed with equal parts lemonade, ginger beer or citrus soda. Originally known as the "Rich Man's Shandy Gaff," a mixture of champagne and ale, the drink evolved due to the vast majority of the general public who didn't have the means to spend for champagne, instead replacing it with ginger beer or lemonade.
The shandy has its deepest roots in Britain and Germany, where it is referred to as a "radler," German for cyclist; the name refers a bartender who, overwhelmed by a thirsty peloton, doubled his limited supply of beer by mixing it with lemonade. While shandies and radlers have remained a public house novelty to date in Europe the time is nigh for mainstream American acceptance.
Vermont-based Traveler Beer Company is now bridging the transatlantic gap to reengineer the Old World beverage for this side of the pond -- with a decidedly American craft twist.
"This beer mixes the great old European shandy tradition with good old American ingenuity," says Alan Newman, founder of The Traveler Beer Company. "Our mission is to introduce a broad audience to the American-craft shandy as a new mode of refreshment."
Inspired by the old European pub classic, The Traveler Beer Company takes the traditional shandy and infuses it with American craft beer innovation and passion. Rather than mixing ale with a citrus-flavored soda or lemonade, Traveler's craft American wheat beers are actually made with real fruit or fruit juices, such as lemon and grapefruit, making for a refreshingly approachable and seasonable craft beer.
Traveler Beer's flagship beverage is the Curious Traveler, made with lemon and lime. For those taken by the increasing popularity of grapefruit-based drinks, Illusive Traveler has also proven to be a standout for the brand.
Other craft brewers, such as Kansas City-based Boulevard and Brooklyn-based Sixpoint, are also introducing shandies and radlers to U.S. beer taps and beverage aisles with unique twists on the age-old tradition.
Rather than making Labor Day the last call for shandy-drinking season, The Traveler Beer Company releases a variety for all seasons. Jack-O Traveler, made with real pumpkin, hits shelves in the fall, and Jolly Traveler, with pomegranate, orange peel and holiday spice, hits in November, just in time for winter entertaining.