Bull riding, barrel racing coming soon to Morgan County
Bucking broncos are headed to Buckhead for the first annual Morgan County rodeo, where professional cowboys and cowgirls will join local riders to compete in the seven events slated for competition.Â
The rodeo, which is put on by the Morgan County FFA Alumni and the Sheriffâ€™s Explorers, will run on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 and features events like bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and other rodeo staples. The excitement isnâ€™t only for adults either â€" both evenings will feature a calf scramble for kids under 12, complete with a $25 prize.Â
Although events will be the main attraction, the rodeo will also have western vendors, concession stands and displays from sponsors like Youngblood Motors, Dodge, John Deere among others as well as raffles and giveaways. Â
â€œWeâ€™ve had a great turnout with sponsorship,â€� says Rhonda Towe, who has helped organize the event and hopes to see upwards of 500 spectators every night.Â
All the rodeo excitement will be happening at the Circle J arena in Buckhead, where the gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.. Tickets for adults will be $10, while children ages six to 12 pay only $6. Children five and under are welcome for free.Â
All the proceeds from the rodeo will be used to help underwrite the Morgan County FFA and Sheriffâ€™s Explorers, allowing them to attend conferences and fund their other activities.Â
â€œWe hope to make this an annual event,â€� says Towe, and the groups hope to keep the event, which is a professional competition overseen by the Professional Cowboys Association, growing for years to come.