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Riding at the Rodeo

For the seventh year in a row, crowds of people came out to the Thomson Lion's Club Fairgrounds to watch calf roping, bull riding and all the other events at the Camellia City Rodeo.


Slim the Rodeo Clown entertains the crowd.

Jammie Smith, the event's organizer, said around 1,200 people enjoyed the cowboy sports on both Friday and Saturday evenings. He said the turnout was about the same as it has been in recent years, but the point was to provide family entertainment in McDuffie County.

"The biggest thing we try to do is have something that the whole family can come to and enjoy. We just don't have that kind of entertainment in Thomson," Mr. Smith said.

This year also marks the first time that the Royston, Ga.-based Flat Rock Rodeo company has handled the actual events. Mr. Smith said the group performed well.

"I'm very well pleased," he said. "They did a terrific job."

Spectators echoed those sentiments. Dearing resident Laurie Overton and her family attend rodeos around the area, and this was their third year in a row at the Camellia City Rodeo.


Children chase a calf.

"We enjoyed it," she said. "(My daughter) thought the girl bull rider was real exciting."

In addition to providing entertainment for locals, the event also featured entertainment by locals. Several area residents participated in the rodeo's events. Rick Crawford of Dearing competed in the bull riding while Janet and Martha Phelps of Warrenton competed in barrel racing.

The proceeds from the event went toward the Lion's Club. Mr. Smith wanted to thank all of the event's local sponsors for doing their part to put on the rodeo, no matter how large or small their contribution.

"If they didn't sponsor it, we certainly couldn't have it," he said.


A cowboy takes a break.


David Percival gets bucked off a bronco.

Web posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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