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Memorial Rodeo to be held in honor of teen who died in hunting accident

This weekend a memorial rodeo will be held for Newt Hodge in Natural Dam with all proceeds going to his family.

NATURAL DAM, Ark. — A memorial rodeo is being held in honor of a Sebastian County teen who died in a hunting accident last week. 

14-year-old Klancy “Newt” Hodge died when the gun he and his brother used to shoot a deer accidentally went off. 

Last Monday (Nov. 23) Newt and his 21-year-old brother, Kasey Hodge were loading a deer into the truck when the gun that was leaning against the truck fell and went off, killing Newt and injuring his brother. 

In memory of the young cowboy a benefit rodeo is being held in his honor Friday (Dec. 4) and Saturday (Dec. 5) evening in Natural Dam with all proceeds going to his family.  

RELATED: 14-year-old dead due to hunting accident in Sebastian County

The rodeo will be held at Rafter J Hero’s Arena in Natural Dam at begins at 7 p.m. both days. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hodge family.

Credit: KFSM

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