Lani Hansen/Senior Reporter
MOUNDS, Oklahoma– After a fatal shooting accident in 2021 that took the life of 22-year-old Clayton Fisher, the family continues to memorialize his legacy with the 2nd Annual Fisher Bash.
Clayton, who was a Muscogee (Creek) citizen, lived a full life as he enjoyed riding bulls and broncs with his brothers. He was a respected young man who made an impact on so many lives. Clayton was making a name for himself as the owner of Circle F Fencing/Welding.
Clayton’s mother Mandi Atwell said his youngest brother Hagan wanted to have something to memorialize his loved one. The inaugural Fisher Bash in 2021 brought well-seasoned ranchers/farmers together to help the family in the event planning.
“This year we are taking over and flying on our own,” Mandi said. “This is all new to us, we’re very ignorant to the process but willing to learn. We had a lot of support last year. Hagan’s idea was to memorialize his brother and the country style/lifestyle he loved.”
The Fisher Bash 2022 proceeds will go to the Clayton Fisher Legacy Trust Fund to help the children he left behind. Clayton leaves a son Granger, two daughters Brylee and Sadie and his wife Abby.
“It’ll pay for upcoming things he would’ve provided for such as future weddings, cars, college and other things,” Mandi stated. “Last year was a huge success we had over 600 people in attendance, and expecting to double that this year.”
The Fisher Bash 22 will be a one-day event of barrels and bulls. Beginning at 11 a.m. there will be an exhibition of barrel racing, at 1:30 p.m. will be the young-guns youth barrel racing and the day session will end with open barrels with the addition of $1,500.
“We will have a live auction at 5:30 p.m. and a silent auction will run all day,” Mandi said. “We will have open bull-riding at 6 p.m. with added money of $3,500.”
Four championship buckles for the 4D, 3D, 2D and 1D winners of the Open Barrel Race, with 80% payout and added money will be given out. One championship buckle for the winner of the bull-riding with 100% payout and the added money will be handed out.
There will be merchandise vendors and food vendors set up. Entry fees for exhibition barrels is $4 each or $10 for three runs, young guns (12 years and under) is $20, open barrels is $25 plus a $10 administrative fee for each racer and open bulls is $85.
The Fisher Bash benefit will take place on April 30 at the CrossBar Arena at 5270 W. 171st St. So. Mounds, OK.
The family is still looking for sponsorships, the sponsorship levels determine what type of advertising the business receives. All sponsors will receive social media promotion and be listed as sponsors on event program.
The premier platinum is priced at $5,000, where the business is mentioned every 30 minutes and has a premium banner placement on the out gate. There is only one sponsorship opportunity available. The premier platinum of $1,000 is another level of the business being mentioned every 30 minutes and has a premium banner placement on Chutes, only five sponsorship opportunities are available. Platinum level of $750 offers the business to be mentioned every hour and has a secondary banner placement on the arena fence. At the gold level of $500, the business is mentioned in each event and has a banner outside the arena. Silver level of $250 receives a banner outside of the arena.
Merchandise vendors space are still available, $60 for indoor space and $40 for outdoor space. Be sure to claim vendors and sponsorship space as soon as possible. Payments for vendors and sponsors can be made through Cashapp at $fisherbash or at Western Sun Federal Credit in Okmulgee to the Clayton Fisher Legacy Trust. To sponsor or become a vendor, please text Mandi Atwell at 918-752-5753.
Call-ins for riders are April 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call or text Beth at 918-752-7267.