A little taste of the cowboy life will be on display at the Thomson Fairgrounds this weekend. For the sixth straight year, Thomson residents Jammie and Liz Smith are bringing in the professionals to put on a rodeo for the people of McDuffie County.
Each night will bring games like the calf scramble and clown entertainment for the kids as well as competitive rodeo events such as calf roping, barrel horse racing and the fan favorite, bull riding.
The event has been well attended in years past, and the organizers hope it gets even bigger this year.
"It's just gotten to be where every year we say we're not going to do it again, but every year more and more people get interested in it," Mrs. Smith said.
And to make the event even more appealing, the proceeds go to a good cause.
"Jammie and I do this every year in order to help the Lion's Club," Mrs. Smith said.
The Smith's interest in rodeo began because Mr. Smith spent several years performing as a rodeo clown. After coming to love the sport, they thought it would be a terrific addition to their hometown entertainment options, Mrs. Smith said
"It's just a big interest of ours, but it's also more or less to bring something to the community that helps raise money and a little bit of family entertainment for Thomson where we usually don't have anything," she said.
Another way the rodeo will help the community this year will be a shotgun raffle to raise money for the family of Drake Axon, a Dearing youngster with cancer. Tickets can be purchased at the rodeo as well as at the Thomson Police Department.
The rodeo will take place on June 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. in the Thomson Lion's Club Fairgrounds. Tickets for adults are $12; children ages four to 12 can get in for $6, and children under three are free.
Mrs. Smith wanted to thank all the event's sponsors and ask those who attend to do the same.
She said the help from community businesses is excellent, adding that a special "thank you" goes out to White Columns who houses the out-of-town participants.
"If it wasn't for the sponsors, we couldn't put it on because it's such a costly event," she said.
For more information on the rodeo or to enter any of the events that are open to public participation, call the Smiths at 466-1393 or 466-2530.
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