Crenshaw County Rodeo comes to town this weekend

Published 4:42 pm Thursday, May 7, 2009

The time is here for the 22nd annual Crenshaw County Rodeo beginning tomorrow night and continuing on Saturday. The rodeo will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. at the Tom Harbin Ag Center on Airport Road in Luverne. Advanced tickets are still on sale for children ages 4 to 12 at $4 each, and advanced adults’ tickets are $8 each. Children 3 and under get in free.

Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Advanced tickets are available at First Citizens Bank in Luverne and at First National Bank of Dozier.

Crenshaw County Rodeo T-shirts are still on sale at The Luverne Journal office on South Forest Ave. and at First Citizens Bank in Luverne. They will also be on sale each night of the rodeo.

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Programs will be given out at the gates, which include rodeo “lingo” and how the rodeo events are scored. Also, plenty of good food and refreshments will be available for purchase inside the gates.

The Cowboy Shop will be set up selling belt buckles, cowboy hats, wallets, pocketbooks and other novelty items, according to Kiwanis Club President Russty Parrish.

“Jersey Night” has been brought back by popular demand.

“All kids under 12 who wear any jersey can get in free on Friday night only,” Parrish said.

Students got an early taste of the rodeo today as rodeo clowns visited each of the county’s schools. In addition, the Kiwanis Club sponsored a rodeo coloring contest for pre-school through fourth grades.

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

“This is our biggest fundraiser each year,” Parrish said. “Last year, the club purchased computers for all four schools, and we were able to help some families who were in need.”

“We want everyone to come out, bring their families and enjoy the rodeo,” he said.