What is called the most exciting 8 seconds in sports for both rider and spectator will visit McDuffie County this weekend as the Camellia Professional Cowboy Association Rodeo saddles up at the Thomson Lions Club Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday night.
Liz Smith, one of the co-coordinators of the rodeo along with her husband Jammie, said close to 160 participants would take part during the two-night event.
"There will be barrel horse racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, and roping. It will be a great chance for people to watch the thrills as cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money. There will also be clowns on hand to protect the riders and to entertain the spectators," she said, adding this is the fifth edition of the event.
Bull riding is the most popular aspect; while close to a third of the participants in various portions of the rodeo are from the local area.
Besides seeing exciting rodeo events, the spectacle will have vendors stocked with the latest in cowboy regalia from cowboy hats to leather to shirts and britches.
Mrs. Smith expects crowds to eclipse the nearly 2,500 that witnessed the two shows last year.
"It's about the cowboys and cowgirls," she said. "It's also about the bull riding, which over the last few years has become wildly popular. The barrel horse events appeal to the women and children."
Mrs. Smith said the Lion's share of the proceeds would benefit the local Lions Club and the many humanitarian programs they sponsor.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, available at the gate only, are $12 for adults, $6 for kids up to age 12 and children four and under are free.