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Kiwanis Rodeo set to ride into town
Broncs, bulls and cowboys - Pro event coming to fairgrounds Friday, Saturday
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With the arena for next weekend's Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo taking shape in the background, volunteers Jim Campbell, left, Mike Rushing, front, and Bede Mitchell erect tents Saturday in preparation. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Schedule/Events

Rodeo Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16
Gates open - 5 p.m.
Pancake House open - 5 p.m.
Meet the cowboys/cowgirls - 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Pre-rodeo demonstration - 7 p.m.
Opening parade (rodeo follows) - 7:30 p.m.

Events:
Bareback bronc riding
Saddle bronc riding
Specialty act
Calf roping
Calf scramble (local fun event)
Steer wrestling
Steer dressing contest (local fun event)
Intermission
Barrel racing
Specialty act
Team roping
Bull riding
A second "meet the cowboys and cowgirls" will be held after the rodeo each night.

      The Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo is just under a week away, and local riders are encouraged to enter both the professional events as well as the ones just for fun.
      Hedrick Rodeo Company plans to bring two days of family fun and excitement along with a herd of world champion bulls and broncs to produce an Interna-tional Profes-sional Rodeo Assoc-iation (IPRA)-sanctioned rodeo this coming Friday and Saturday.
      Pair that with rodeo champions from all over the world, those famous Kiwanis pancakes and sausage plates, other vendors and specialty acts, and the event will bring an atmosphere and opportunity reminiscent of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club's other annual fund raiser - the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, said event organizer and club member Don Poe.
      Club members said they were looking for something to fill the space between fairs and bring quality entertainment to the area, so they decided to hold a professional rodeo in the spring. The event will counterbalance the annual fair in October, he said.
      Hedrick Rodeo Company, out of Madison, Tenn., was chosen to bring the show to town because of its professionalism and emphasis on bringing family entertainment and quality livestock, he said.
      The rodeo welcomes local participants, but there will be professional champions - two-legged and four-legged - competing in the two-day event.
      Those interested in competing should call Danny Hedrick, rodeo company owner, by Monday, 6 p.m. Central time, Poe said. Participants in the local fun events should contact Poe.
       Hedrick said he expects up to 130 professional competitors each night.
      Professional level events during the rodeo will include bareback and saddle bronc riding; calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and team roping. Again, local riders are welcome to enter, but will be competing against professionals, including riders listed in the top 15 in the nation, Hedrick said. These riders will be competing for world champion points.
       For fun, the steer dressing event will have several three-person teams (made up of both male and female members) who will catch a 400-pound steer, then dress it in "a very large pair of pants, a very large shirt and a big ol' floppy hat," he said.
     Kids will enjoy chasing a calf around the arena during the calf scramble, and the winner will be the one who pulls a ribbon from the calf's tail.
      Local riders are also welcome to ride in the opening parade. They must wear hats and long-sleeve shirts and preregister.
      Hedrick promised the show he will bring to Statesboro will be the "real deal," an all-out professional rodeo that offers real competition and family entertainment at the same time.
      "This isn't three guys and a cow showing up," Poe said.
      Advance tickets are available at Anderson's General Store and Parkwood Motel for $10. Children 6-14 advance tickets are $6, and children under 5 are free, one child per paid adult.
      Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $8 for children.
      To register to compete, call Hedrick at 1-865-556-9154.
      Information can be found at Internet website www.statesbororodeo.com or by calling Poe at 912-541-0411 .

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