Stock show and rodeo hosts military appreciation night

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, hands a tie-down rope, or piggin' string, back to Cody Waldrop, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo competitor, during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Each year, the association invites the wing commander to assist in the tie-down roping competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, hands a tie-down rope, or piggin' string, back to Cody Waldrop, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo competitor, during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Each year, the association invites the wing commander to assist in the tie-down roping competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint-Service Color Guard prepare to present the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Goodfellow volunteers supported the rodeo by setting up pens, singing the national anthem and presenting the colors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint-Service Color Guard prepare to present the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Goodfellow volunteers supported the rodeo by setting up pens, singing the national anthem and presenting the colors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

A bull gives the audience some additional entertainment during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Holding up the hat from inside the barrel is rodeo clown Justin Rumford. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

A bull gives the audience some additional entertainment during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Holding up the hat from inside the barrel is rodeo clown Justin Rumford. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint-Service Color Guard present the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Patriotic Blue sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the presentation of the colors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint-Service Color Guard present the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Patriotic Blue sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the presentation of the colors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Soldiers watch the mutton busting during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Mutton busting is a rodeo event where children ride bucking sheep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Soldiers watch the mutton busting during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Mutton busting is a rodeo event where children ride bucking sheep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, stands for passing of the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team provided a performance with the American flag, service member flags and other patriotic flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, stands for passing of the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team provided a performance with the American flag, service member flags and other patriotic flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team perform during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. They carried patriotic flags during the drill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team perform during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. They carried patriotic flags during the drill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Jackie Ganter, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo barrel racing competitor, goes around for the last barrel during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Besides barrel racing, the rodeo featured calf roping and bareback horse riding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Jackie Ganter, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo barrel racing competitor, goes around for the last barrel during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. Besides barrel racing, the rodeo featured calf roping and bareback horse riding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Riensche, 17th TRW Command Chief, take a selfie before the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The rodeo honored military members with special presentations during the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Riensche, 17th TRW Command Chief, take a selfie before the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The rodeo honored military members with special presentations during the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association hosted Military Appreciation Night in honor of service members at the Foster Communications Coliseum Feb. 15.

The night included presentation from Goodfellow Air Force Base members and rodeo tributes for their 85th anniversary.

Boyd Polhamus, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo announcer, started the night speaking about the sacrifices service members make for their country.

“Throughout the history of this nation, no matter what we’ve faced as a country, we’ve always had brave men and women willing to step to the plate, literally spill their blood, so that we might live in the greatest, freest nation in the world,” said Polhamus.

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint-Service Color Guard then presented the national and service flags as Goodfellow's Patriotic Blue sang the national anthem.

During the night, the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team honored the military with a special presentation during their drill performance. The team carried the national flag, the services' flags, the Texas flag, the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag and a flag for Vietnam veterans.

The rodeo also invited Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, to assist with the tie-down roping by returning the rope to the cowboys after officials released the calf.

Tech. Sgt. Chanelle Wilburn’s, 17th TRW executive support staff officer promotions, attended for the third year and is still impressed with the gratitude the military received.

“I think the tribute to the military was awesome,” said Wilburn. “Not only did they shout us out, they invited us free of charge to show their appreciation for us. Even better, they let our wing commander be a part of the show. So much love.”

Wilburn’s family also enjoyed the rodeo.

“My youngest daughter loved mutton busting, and the oldest enjoyed the horse barrel racing,” said Wilburn. “I enjoyed the bull riding. My husband is convinced that he can hang on longer than they can.”

Wilburn also encourage anyone who’s never been to a rodeo to check it out.

“I had never been to a rodeo until moving to San Angelo,” said Wilburn. “It’s an experience that all should try at least once.”