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Hartford Mayor Declares July 3 as Newt Hodge Day

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Well over 3,000 rodeo fans filled the stands on opening night, Friday, July 2, during the 1st annual 4th of July Newt Hodge Rodeo. The emotionally charged event brought spectators in from multiple states.

On Saturday, July 3 at noon, the rodeo spilled over onto Main Street in Hartford with a parade downtown. Police, fire, horses, cattle trucks, rat rods, classic cars, and tractors put on quite the show. The main event, however, was the honor given to the family of Newt Hodge, a young cowboy memorialized forever in the hearts and lives of all those who knew him.

Hartford Mayor Richard Hartsfield presented young Newt’s parents, Joe and Brandie Hodge with a proclamation, declaring July 3 as Newt Hodge Day in the City of Hartford.

Whereas: May it be known that July 3rd, 2021 and every July 3rd thereafter that in the City of Hartford, County of Sebastian, State of Arkansas that this day will be known as Newt Hodge day.

Whereas: May it be known that July 3rd, 2021 and every July 3rd thereafter in the City of Hartford, County of Sebastian, State of Arkansas that this day will be as special as this young cowboy.

Whereas and therefore: May it be known that God needed a pickup man. Ride high young cowboy. You will be forever missed in the City of Hartford, Arkansas.

Whereas: May it be known that this proclamation is set forth and approved by Mayor Richard Hartsfield.

This proclamation is presented to Brandie and Joe Hodge.

Mayor Richard Hartsfield

Pictured from left: Hartford Mayor Richard Hartsfield, Joe and Brandie Hodge

The rodeo competition and events by DD Rodeo continued on through Saturday night. “There are not enough words for us to thank you all,” shared Brandie Hodge. “Many many people have shed blood, sweat, tears, prayers, and laughter at Newt’s arena to make this past weekend happen. He would have loved every minute of it. I know he has a huge smile on his face knowing July 3rd is Newt Hodge day declared by the City of Hartford!”

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