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Bull ride in Freedom July 17

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FREEDOM, Okla. – August is rodeo month in this part of Oklahoma, but Freedom is getting a jump on the season with a special bull riding event next Sunday, July 17. Texas Cowboy Entrepreneur Scott Knudsen, a fourth generation Texas rancher, will be in Freedom July 15-17 to film location videos for his television-radio show called Freedom Friday. The videos also will be used to market the forthcoming Oklahoma feature film Freedom.

Anita Waggoner, former Freedom area resident, business owner and partner in Rocking A Rodeo Company, is helping Scott Knudsen organize the event.

Stock contractors will bring their best bucking bulls from as far away as Salina, Kansas. Bull riders (including a female bull rider) will come from Oklahoma and neighboring states. Jay Smith from Enid is the barrel man. Oklahoma bullfighters Wacey Murrow, Cody Renshaw and Tyler Forell will be at the Freedom town arena to protect the riders. Oklahoma stock contractor, Phil Sumner, the original owner of the famous bull Bodacious, is one of the judges.

The Freedom Bull Riding Extravaganza will open with the theme song from the Freedom film. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m.

Freedom movie scenes will be filmed in late September 2022 at Gloss Mountain Resort near Waynoka. The Cowboy Entrepreneur and his team will be at the resort on Friday, July 15, to video the location. He will film his visit with resort owners and ride his horse across the land to get a true feel of the Freedom story. Scott plays the supporting role of “Tim” in the Freedom film.

The Cowboy Entrepreneur and his video production team will move to downtown Freedom early Saturday morning, July 16. Knudsen will meander down Main Street. He will tape interviews with the local mayor and residents and stop at the Mercantile Café for a cup of coffee. The downtown Freedom tour will take him to the Cowboy Monument at the park and a local feedlot where he will interview the individual he portrays in the movie. Later that evening Scott will make an appearance at the Freedom Bar where a fish fry is scheduled.

Anita Waggoner, writer and executive producer of the Freedom movie, has contracted with film producers at Buffalo 8 to take the Freedom movie from pre-production to production in Oklahoma this fall. Anita’s true story, “Freedom,” is one of pure grit and survival. Her books are available on Amazon and the web site:

Anita Waggoner purchased a 3,400-acre ranch near Freedom in 1999 and opened a western guest lodge and restaurant at the entrance to Alabaster State Park. She raised rodeo bulls for years with her Freedom partner, Marvin Nixon.

She presently lives in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, where she maintains a resolute interest in writing and producing award winning projects. She will return to Oklahoma during the production of the Freedom film.


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