Professional Bull Riders’ ride to honor Mason Lowe
Crowe: ‘Mason never lost that small town attitude’
The Barry County community was hit hard when 25-year-old Mason Lowe died on Jan. 15, as he had a passion for rodeo from a young age and succumbed to injuries from a bull riding accident.
Stu Crowe, owner of Cr-Ose Cafe, said Mason never met a stranger.
“Everyone in the community knew him or about him,” he said. “He was a kind, passionate and friendly man.”
Crowe said the Mason Lowe ride was already being planned, and Cindy O’Neall got in touch with the Professional Bull Riders organization to ask if they would be involved.
“They were very willing to be a part of this because of Mason’s involvement with the PBR,” he said. “Cindy and I have been working to get this all put together.”
Crowe said they wanted to keep Mason’s memory going in the community and benefit something through that.
“All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Mason Lowe,” he said. “We will change the charity every year to which we donate in Mason’s honor.”
Crowe said he and Cindy both knew Mason on a personal level.
“We both work for the PBR, and we were able to contact them easily,” he said. “The event will be pretty simple. Mason was a guy who liked things like that.”
Crowe said the event will start off with a prayer and a tribute to Mason, then the National Anthem will lead into the bull riding.
“There will be an after party at Jersey’s Sports Bar and Grill so that people can come together and remember Mason Lowe,” he said. “Jersey’s is offering that for us, which is pretty amazing.”
Crowe said the event will last about 2-1/2 hours, and by the end of the night they will have bucked 50 bulls.
“There will be 40 in the long round,” he said. “Then, we will bring the top 10 back for the short round.”
Crowe said there will be a man named “Porkchop” who will provide the entertainment.
“There probably won’t be very many clown acts,” he said. “We didn’t offer any advanced tickets, and you can just buy them at the gate.”
Crowe said he doesn’t know how many people will be there as of now, but he expects a lot of people to be there to honor Mason.
“The community is still grieving for Mason,” he said. “I have known Mason since he was a little boy, and to a lot of people, I think Mason was more than a friend. He was a guy who always spoke to you, always had time for you and he especially always had time for children.”
Crowe said being able to show how much of an impact he had on this community, even though he isn’t here anymore, will mean a lot to the people in the stands.
“Mason was a lot more to this community than what people realize,” he said. “I work with the PBR a lot, and there are so many people who when they find out where I am from, that have a story about Mason.”
Crowe said there are many big people in PBR who will be at this event.
“Mason never lost that small town attitude,” he said. “He just represented it on a big stage.”
The 1st Ridin’ with Mason Lowe PBR on May 11 will have tickets available at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, older than 12, $5 for children, and youth 3 and younger are free.
Crowe said people who cannot make it to the event can still donate money to the cause by dropping it off at Cr-Ose Cafe in Cassville.
For more information about the event, or to donate, people may call 417-847-7866 or 417-850-1275.