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June 2, 2010

Herd over to Odenville rodeo

Proceeds benefit SCCHS football

Odenville — Slip on some boots, put on a cowboy hat and shine the spurs: The rodeo is coming to town.

The Lone Star Rodeo Company is coming to St. Clair County High School in Odenville June 4 and 5 for the second year. The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. with concerts at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

“We were looking for something fun for the community,” said Greg Cobb, public relations for the St. Clair County High School Football Boosters.

The rodeo will raise money for St. Clair County High School’s football program to repair the football stadium and update players’ equipment.

On June 4 at 10 a.m., there will be a special needs rodeo for children with disabilities. The event is free for the children and their caregivers.

“We wanted to give back to our community,” Cobb said, “and we felt this was a positive way to do that.”

Children with disabilities will be able to spend time with the rodeo clown, watch cowboys do tricks, see the animals up close and play games. They will also receive a sack lunch.

“We’re trying to model for our kids giving back to the community,” Cobb said.

The rodeo will consist of professionals, he said, who are riding for points and competing. About 2,000 people came last year to see the rodeo events.

The Lone Star Rodeo, which began more than 60 years ago in Marfa, Texas, travels to 11 states each year. Preston Fowlkes Jr., whose father started the Lone Star Rodeo, said the company highlights the traditions of the Old West.

“It’s a great family event,” Fowlkes said. “We try to incorporate everything for everybody that comes.” Adults can watch events like bull riding, and children can enjoy activities like a best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest and calf roping.

Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at places like the Piggly Wiggly in Odenville, Tractor Supply in Moody, Harrison Hardware in Springville and St. Clair Co-Op in Ashville. Angler Recycling of Odenville is sponsoring the rodeo event.

“People in the county won’t have to drive too far to enjoy quality entertainment,” Cobb said, although he encourages people from all around to come. “Stay at home and enjoy the rodeo.”

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