A 2018 Copan High School graduate will compete in this year's Interstate Fair and Rodeo. 19 year old Dawson Appleton is a tie-down roper who will compete on Thursday, August 15. Appleton competed in junior and high school rodeo before attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami this past year. He competes in both the tie-down and team roping in college, but will not team rope at Coffeyville. He’s competed at a handful of rodeos in the Prairie Circuit, just getting himself acclimated to professional competition. Appleton says he's trying to get his feet in the water, to see what it’s like, and to see if it’s what he wants to do.
He will limit his professional competition until he finishes his ag-business degree in college.