June 23, 2003 11:00 pm

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

The Catherine Creek Rodeo is planned for July 18-19, but its future is uncertain as more help is desperately needed to save it.

"We'll know by then (the end of the rodeo). I don't want to see it go down," Catherine Creek Rodeo President Ray McDaniel said.

This will be the 29th year for the rodeo.

McDaniel said more help is needed to put on a two-day rodeo. He said probably 10 people staying involved are necessary to keep the rodeo going.

He hopes people get involved.

"It is very valuable to the community," McDaniel said.

Rodeo secretary Josephine Crow agrees with McDaniel about the need for more involvement.

"We need it desperately," Crow said.

Besides McDaniel and herself, court mother Sonya Hibbert is also involved, and that's about it.

Crow said they need people to help with family day, watching the gate, taking care of entry blanks and working around the rodeo and many other things.

"We need a lot of help," she said.

Crow said the directors and the three of them are getting older, and they need younger people to take some responsibility.

"Hardly anyone is below 50," she said with a chuckle.

She said the rodeo, which in the past was called the Catherine Creek Junior Rodeo, has been around for so long and she would hate to see it end.

"Sponsorships have really slacked off, too," Crow said. "I don't know why that is."

Rodeo preparations are underway for July's rodeo. The rodeo is held at the Stock Show Grounds in Union.

The rodeo is for those 18 and older. The participants in Family Day activities must be at least 5.

"We're managing," Crow said. "It's really tough."

She would like to see a group of people with kids coming up to carry on the rodeo for the rest of the community.

"We'd like to keep it for the kids, you know," Crow said.

She said this is a serious issue and hopes for people to stop by her house at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a directors meeting. She lives at 1218 S. Main in Union.

Crow said if those interested are unable to attend, they may call her at 562-5974 or contact McDaniel at 562-6109.

"We need help," Crow said. "If we had enough help coming in, it wouldn't be so bad."