Crenshaw County Rodeo set for this weekend at Ag Center

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2007

With the 20th annual Crenshaw County Rodeo set for this weekend and the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce's street dance slated for tonight, everyone should have something fun to look forward to.

The rodeo will begin Friday and Saturday nights, May 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tom Harbin Ag Center on Airport Road in Luverne.

The rodeo is sponsored by the Luverne Kiwanis Club and the Crenshaw Saddle Club and is sanctioned by the Professional Cowboys' Association. It is produced by Bo Campbell Rodeo Productions from Robertsdale, Ala.

This year, spectators can look forward to a full slate of eight different rodeo events with entertainment being provided by &#8220Slim” Weeks in between each event. Weeks has been involved in the rodeo industry for the past 20 years, and his comedy routines are sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages.

In addition, each rodeo will conclude with bull riding, which is one of the most exciting rodeo events to watch.

This year, on Friday night, any child aged 12 and under will be admitted free if he or she is wearing a team jersey and is accompanied by a paying adult.

On Saturday night, any child aged 12 and under who is wearing a Crenshaw County Rodeo T-shirt and is accompanied by a paying adult will again be admitted free.

A new feature for this year's special anniversary event will be a bicycle give-away. At each rodeo performance, five bicycles will be given away. In order to be eligible for a free bike, children ages 12 and under will need to register at a specific table that will be set up prior to the rodeo. During intermission each evening, five lucky names will be drawn. This is a continuation of the bicycle give-aways that began last Christmas when the Luverne Kiwanis Club, working through the Crenshaw County Department of Human Resources' &#8220Operation Santa Claus,” gave 100 new bikes to children in Crenshaw County for Christmas.

An old favorite for all rodeo fans this year will be the &#8220Mutton Bustin'” competition for the youth and the &#8220Calf Scramble” during intermissions.

Rodeo tickets are still on sale and may be purchased from First Citizens Bank in Luverne or at Luverne Hardware. Tickets may also be purchased from Luverne Kiwanis Club members.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Rodeo T-shirts are on sale now at First Citizens Bank.

&#8220We would like to thank all of our sponsors and our rodeo fans,” Wayne Rolling, Crenshaw County Rodeo committee member, said. &#8220We could not have brought this quality rodeo event to Crenshaw County without your help and support over the past 20 years. Everyone should come out and enjoy themselves and help us make this our biggest rodeo ever.”

And, if that is not enough, everyone is invited to the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce's street dance tonight in front of the Crenshaw County Courthouse to kick off the rodeo weekend.

The dance will begin around 7 p.m. and last until. The band &#8220County Line” will be performing.

Reserved tables are $100, with the money going toward scholarships for Crenshaw County seniors.

Those who purchase a reserved table are asked to decorate it with a western theme, with a prize going to the best-decorated table.

For more information about tonight's street dance, please contact Sherri Richburg at 335-3404, Brad Butler at 335-6784, or Martha Dickey at 335-5885.