By Zirconia Alleyne Photo by Kat Russell
If bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping and steer wrestling ring any bells, then you may want to take your family to the 16th annual Christian County Cattleman’s Association Lone Star Rodeo.
The main event will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 at the Western Kentucky State Fairgrounds. A free, special needs rodeo will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 15 for special needs students in the Christian County Public School system.
The association sponsored the first special needs rodeo last year and is excited for the students to enjoy another exclusive daytime show, lunch and petting zoo.
Lanny Boyd started the rodeo as a fundraiser in 1998, just three years after the local cattleman’s association was formed by veterinarian Pat Dougherty, Dell King and Gene Sorrell.
The group hoped to promote the local beef industry through public awareness and education of its members, according to a press release.
Money raised from the nightly rodeos will go toward $10,000 in scholarships that benefit students in local agriculture programs.
Josh Bailey, public relations for the association, said they take pride in providing scholarships to local students.
The rodeo events will also include bull riding, bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping and steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping and breakaway roping. Contestants include local competitors and traveling performers.
Spectators can expect to see chuck wagon races, best dressed cowboy and cowgirl as well as rodeo clowns and trick riders between events.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children in advance. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults and $10 for children. Ages 3 and under are free.
For advance tickets, visit the Christian County Chamber of Commerce.