XIT 81st Rodeo and Reunion

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This years 81st Rodeo and Reunion Entertainment

2017's XIT performing artists below

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XIT Rodeo Clown: Mark Swingler

“Mark Swingler is not just a “rodeo clown”, he is an entertainer. One who demonstrates impeccable timing in the arena. His ability of working a crowd is amazing as well as it should be with years of experience and a gift of communication skills.Mark is intelligent, fresh at each performance, aware of news stories, and amazing at press appearances in television and radio. All one has to do is give him one word and he rolls. This makes an announcer’s job easy and enjoyable.” - Charlie Throckmorton



Since 2001 Kenney has had the opportunity to work many great rodeos and with some of pro rodeos most talented acts and entertainers. Kenney gives great credit to those many people along his journey who seen a talent in this small town country boy from Missouri. Kenney has finally found his home behind the mic. Now Kenney announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year.


XIT Parade Marshall: (Gene & Louise Rahll )

Gene Rahll started life on a dairy farm in Oxford, Pennsylvania and spent the 34 years of his life with the tools of the trade – fork, shovel, and hoe. After selling the farm, he joined New Holland farm machinery in the new product test division and among the many places his work took him was Dalhart, where he saw Louise in church. A couple of years later, after the marriage and constant traveling in his work, they started an equipment rental business in Baltimore. Fifteen years later they left the rental business in good hands and purchased an irrigation farm in Dalhart and a changed life. Being involved and “giving back” has been a way of life for Gene. He started eight young men in their own rental business, served sixteen productive years as mayor of Dalhart, still serves on the other boards, is active in St. Anthony Church and the best is yet to come. His (and Louise) donation of $4,250,000 for the Frank Phillips Community College is the highlight of a great life

Louise Rahll was born in Dalhart at the Trans Canadian Sanitarium, the predecessor to Coon Memorial Hospital. Louise was the sixth (and last) daughter of Dave and Nellie Carr Childers, both members of pioneer ranch and farm families who settled in Dalhart around 1910. She and great nephew, Jay Peeples, are the only remaining descendants in Dalhart. After college and interesting employment in both Denver and Chicago, the death of her mother caused her return to Dalhart. During “temporary” employment at Citizen State Bank, she met Gene and eventually married. After sixteen years in business in Baltimore they returned to Dalhart to farm. Louise has made community service a priority while serving on the XIT Museum board, St. Anthony Church, Laura Bush institute for Women’s Health and the Amarillo Area Foundation as well as the planning board for the Amarillo Medical League House. After 90 years, Louise is still “happy and proud” to call Dalhart home.

Parade Information

This years theme.... "Past, Present, Future."

Saturday August 5th at 10am


Stock Contractor for XIT Rodeo And Reunion



The Texas Bucket List Video - XIT Rodeo and Reunion BBQ

Saturday, August 6th

Check out the video below showcasing our XIT Rodeo and Reunion BBQ...
also check out their site here -
The Texas Bucket List

Volunteers are always welcomed... Here are some times and dates

Day 1 - Thursday EVENT:
Wood Stacking
1 PM
BBQ pit area which is just east of Rodeo Arena and Antique Tractor Pulls
Day 2 - Friday EVENT:
Fire Lighting
12:30 AM
BBQ pit
Day 2 - Friday EVENT:
Meat Wrapping
6 AM
Vogel Brothers Shop (HWY 54 east behind Elm Tree Office Center)
Day 2 - Friday EVENT:
Load The Pit
1 PM
BBQ pit......(this is when we put the meat on the fire to cook)
Day 3 - Saturday EVENT:
UnLoad The Pit
2 PM
BBQ pit......(this is when we put the meat out of the pit)

BBQ Serving Lines Open at 4 PM

Exact date for BBQ coming soon