Freedom Annual

Rodeo 2021

Freedom's annual rodeo, held the third weekend of August, has been drawing fans and contestants from all across the nation for over 84 years. This three-day celebration includes every major event in the sport of rodeo ranging from barrel racing to wild bull riding. This beloved rodeo event combines professional action with hometown color and style. A dance is held nightly following the rodeo and features some of the best country musicians around to ensure a foot stompin' good time. On Saturday, guests are invited to the Old Cowhand Reunion at 11am and then to partake in a free chuck wagon style dinner at noon. The Old West setting of Freedom's Main Street provides the perfect backdrop to all of the rodeo activities.

Advance Tickets
Adults: $8 / Child (6 to 13): $4 / Child (5 and under): Free

At the Gate 
Adults: $15 / Child (6 to 13): $10 / Child (5 and under): Free



Experience pure Americana and true Western heritage at the annual Freedom Rodeo & Old Cowhand Reunion in northwest Oklahoma. Held since 1938, this has been continuously recognized as one of Oklahoma's most outstanding annual events. Make your way to the small town of Freedom, nestled on the banks of the Cimarron River, to enjoy a KPRA/IPRA Rodeo, a street dance Thursday night on Main Street, a 5K and fun run, a parade, a free chuckwagon feed on Saturday.


Cynthia Rousch Friday the 20th

Downtown after Rodeo

Sam Cox Band


Cynthia definitely comes from a strong musical heritage.

Her parents met in a band in her dad’s home state of Texas. Her dad, Travis, played guitar, drums and sang lead and her mom, Jeanette, played piano and sang backing vocals.

They fell in love and got married 3 months later and then continued to travel and perform together for several years after, before settling down in Dallas Texas and starting a family. 

Cynthia's dad ended up joining the Navy right before Cynthia was born and served faithfully while his family moved from location to location in true military family style.  But Cynthia still remembers many trips to Wichita Falls to visit her MawMaw. 

After her dad left the military, her parents picked up their instruments again and started using their gifts in the local church where their family attended. Cynthia's parents continued adding to the family and eventually there were 8 children in all, with Cynthia being 3rd oldest. 

At age 15 Cynthia went through a very dark time with her mental health and general overall health, but found a sudden desire to start learning guitar and singing. Almost immediately after she started playing and singing, she started writing music and pretty soon she was writing the music for her developing family band.

Cynthia realized that playing music helped with her mental health and started advocating through her music for others struggling in the same way.  Helping others struggling with depression and anxiety had become a focal point of her music.

Her siblings started learning to play instruments around the same time as well and pretty soon the whole family began to travel and play music for churches, city events and fairs from Missouri to Texas and everywhere in between. During this time Cynthia’s gospel roots took on a more country flare and she embraced it.  

After meeting her husband and starting a family of her own, her family band disbanded, but Cynthia fondly recalls the many memories and joys of traveling with her family band. And she cherishes the lessons and values instilled in her life because of them.  

With over 17 years of writing and performing currently under her belt, her recently released 15 track album titled, "Where I Stand" is a clear representation of her heart for people and joy of music. This is her second album release to date, but the first with her current band and sound.  All original music written by Cynthia. 

Her band which consists of mainly 4 members, Derrick Poe (Lead guitar) Dale Cheatum (Bass) and Danny Cheatum (Drums) just passed 2 years of working together. And just recently added fiddle player Lauren Lee from Talequah Oklahoma to the crew. They are a mix of personalities but all have a love for music that makes them a great team.

In the past several years, Cynthia has seen her writing change to a more Texas, Red Dirt feel that is evident in her last T3R Charts top 50 single "Barstool Queen."  And she hopes her upcoming single release "Too Country For That" makes an even bigger impact as it brings forth the values and integrity associated with a country mindset and lifestyle.

As a mother and a wife, the choice to take her music farther wasn't easy, but she enjoys the full support and love of her family, which includes her husband and sound guy Wes and her 9 year old son Ethan. Ethan is also a budding musician and hopes to join mommy onstage someday. 

Cynthia looks forward to a wide variety of shows booked over the course of several months and having a chance to interact with her fans as she shares her music with anyone that will listen. 

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