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30 IT'S A WHOLE NEW RODEO THE FIRST STOMPS AT DICKIES ARENA BELONGED TO THE REVELERS AT THE GRAND ENTRY GALA. BY REGAN LANDRETH T here's just something about being fi rst. And so, one week before the Fort Worth rodeo kicked off its inau- gural year in Dickies Arena, more than 1,000 jumped at the chance to be fi rst on the packed-dirt fl oor for a fĂȘte to end all others. Now in its eighth year, the Grand Entry Gala is a philanthropic partner- ship between the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the Junior League of Fort Worth, which was celebrating its own 90th anniversary. Sisters and Fort Worth legends Marty Leonard and Madelon Leonard Bradshaw served as honorary chairs, while Erica Pifer and Rachael Quisenberry served as Grand Entry Gala co-chairs. Michelle Marlow, one of the original creators of Grand Entry Gala, wore an oxblood-hued hat from Double D Ranch in Yoakum, near her hometown of Shiner. After dinner, Grammy-winning country artist Darius Rucker took to the stage, performing hits from his solo career and his Hootie & the Blowfi sh days. The dance fl oor stayed packed until the very last note of "I Only Want to be With You" sang everyone home. SEEN: Jill and Brad Barnes, Elaine and Neils Agather, Jerri and Bob Watt, Sasha and Ed Bass, Susan and Douglas "Mud" Rogers, Jean and John Roach, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Kenneth and Jeanie Huffman, Ashley Freer, Paul and Cindy Leonard, Lauren Leonard, Natalie and Brant Martin, Patrick and Carrie Woodson, Leigh and Michael Bornitz, Catherine and Todd Davenport, Whitney and John Wynne, Lisa and Ryan Moore, Clark and Rebecca Rucker, Lorene Agather, Lizzie and Rob Sell, Blair and John Walker, Caroline and Frank Lamsens, Hannah and Tyler Head, Liz and Russ Fleischer, Melissa and Kyle Kulig, Merrill and Josh Gregg, Katie and Stephen Howard, and Keri and Br adley Hickman. Katie & Stephen Howard, Megan & Richard Howard, Sharon & Brandon Fulgham Co-chair Rachael Quisenberry JLFW president Ashley Freer co-chair Erica Pifer "Mud" Rogers, Jean and John Roach, T here's just something Katie & Stephen Howard, Megan & Richard Howard, Sharon & Brandon Fulgham Michel & Justin Toon Andrew & Lauren Von Kerens Merrill & Blayne Rhynsburger Tyler & Hannah Head Tom Price, Mayor Betsy Price Kathryn & Matthew Carter Honorary Co-Chairs Madeleon Leonard Bradshaw, Marty Leonard Mary Lipscomb, Kim Johnson, Robin Bumstead

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