Kiwanis Fairground Rodeo This Weekend

From The Herald
BY Holli Deal Saxon hbragg@statesboroherald.com

Cowboys from around the world will ride into town this weekend to compete in the Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo Friday and Saturday.

Speaking from the beach in Brunswick Friday, where Hedrick Rodeo Company was operating another rodeo, owner Danny Hedrick said he expects many of the same professionals attending the Brunswick rodeo to register for the two-night event at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds.

Contestants from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Oklahoma, Texas and several other locations are expected to compete in barrel racing, steer wrestling, bull and bronc riding and more. While some have registered, most wait until “call-in” Monday to sign up, he said.

Local riders are able to enter and compete against others of all skill levels, with some past and present world champions, he said. The fun isn’t limited to rodeo event contestants, however. This year, some lucky person could win a brand new car.

The “Boot in the Barrel” contest means that each night, three names will be drawn from entries left at Anderson’s General Store, Franklin Chevrolet and Franklin Toyota during the weeks prior to the event. There is still time to enter – just visit the locations to submit an entry. You can visit all three places once daily to get more entries, said Bill Anderson, rodeo co-chairman for the Statesboro Kiwanis Club.

Two people whose names are drawn will win a gift card worth $100. The third will win a chance to toss a boot 45 feet away into a barrel. If they succeed, they will win a car worth up to $20,000, he said.

If someone wins the car Friday night, the three people whose names are drawn Saturday will receive gift cards.
There will be more fun available for non-riders, including jump houses and contests for kids, including the calf scramble and treasure hunt. Three teams are lined up to enter the steer dressing contest, where the goal is to get items of clothing onto an unruly steer before the other teams do, Anderson said.

Vendors will have leather goods, shirts, hats and plenty of food such as funnel cakes, barbecue sandwiches, Coca-Cola products, hamburgers and other favorites, said Don Poe, rodeo co-chairman.

Miss Rodeo USA Kirbi Allen from Arkansas is making appearances in Statesboro all this week and at the rodeo. She will be at the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau today from 2-4 p.m., joining Hedrick, rodeo clown “Fry Daddy” (Poe) and others for a meet-and-greet event, he said. There will be jump houses for kids, as well as free popcorn, Coca-Cola and hot dogs.

Allen, Hedrick and other rodeo officials also will attend Business After Hours later tonight at Citizen’s Bank, Poe said.

Hedrick Rodeo Company will bring a fresh new herd of stock, a new trick rider (Marshall Greene) and a new clown, Roy Kozak. Greene holds world records in rope tricks from horseback, he said.

Advance tickets for the rodeo are $14 for adults and $9 for children. Tickets will be available at the gates each night of the rodeo for $15 (adults) and $10 (children).
Gates open at 4 p.m. The rodeo begins each night at 7:30 p.m.

The event is good family entertainment, and the rodeo will begin each night with the National Anthem and a parade of riders, Poe said.

More information about the Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo is available at www.statesbororodeo.com.

Stacy George

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