MOUNDS, Oklahoma – The family of Clayton (Clay) Fisher honored his life by hosting the second Fisher Bash 22 barrel racing and bull-riding event at the CrossBar Arena.
According to Fisher’s mother Mandi Atwell, the family decided to keep the legacy going after last year’s benefit rodeo event that was handled by friends and family after Fisher’s passing on June 5, 2021.
The event raised enough funds for funeral costs and even set up the Clayton Fisher Legacy Trust account for the three young children of Fisher’s who at the time of his passing were three years, two years, and one year old.
Atwell claims the trust will be used to support the children.
This year the event was to be more of a memorial for Fisher according to his mother.
“To keep his legacy alive, keep his name out there and let people know what an incredible young man he was,” Atwell said.
His mother was full of pride talking about the loving and doting husband and father her son was for a man of his age.
Fisher loved to rodeo and lived the life of what one may call a typical country boy according to his family.
Fisher was a welder by trade and started his own welding business Circle F. He was raised in the western culture and loved participating in rodeos.
It was his brother Hagen who came up with the idea for the Fisher Bash the previous year, according to Atwell.
“They came to together to bring his dreams to life,” she said.
Since Atwell and the family handled operations they were able to gather an extensive list of sponsors, donors, vendors and even added the barrel race this year.
“We wanted to pay out more money give the opportunity to win money and buckles,” Atwell said.
Out of 69-barrel racers, 20 places were paid and four buckles were given out in the event. The bull-riding portion had 16 riders participating the event and paid the first eight places.
Atwell said they are planning on hosting a third annual bash next year and gives a huge thanks to the volunteers. This event has allowed Atwell to feel in touch with her son again, hearing the stories from friends and the impact he had on each person.
She said, “Her son’s faith reassures her they will see each other again one day.”