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The 18th Annual Chambers County Sheriff’s Rodeo is coming to LaFayette this Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 at the Chambers County Agricultural Park. The Sheriff’s Department is expecting one of their best rodeos yet, with food, vendors, kids’ games, special guests and of course great rodeo action.

All proceeds from the rodeo are used to purchase equipment for the Sheriff’s Department and to provide improvements to the agricultural park.

The full-event rodeo features bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling,  saddle bronc and bareback bronc riding, cowgirls barrel racing and cowgirl breakaway roping.  The prize money has increased each year and the Sheriff’s Rodeo is able to attract some of the top rodeo talent in the Professional Cowboy’s Association from across the Southeastern United States. This year’s rodeo stock will come from Bar W Rodeo Company based out of Hayesville, NC.

Along with the exciting rodeo events, this year’s Sheriff’s Rodeo will feature a very special guest entertainer. “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram of Stillwater, OK is bringing his Steel Rodeo Tour to LaFayette. Bartram is a freestyle motocross legend, beginning his career at the age of seven. He is the winningest freestyle motocrosser in history, winning an unprecedented 13 IFMA freestyle motocross events in a row and earning 26 Main Event wins in a single season. Bartram has also accumulated seven World Championships, and 10 medals from the X Games and Gravity Games, including 4 gold metals.

Bartram started the Steel Rodeo Tour, which travels the country providing non-stop action packed freestyle motocross displays. The numerous riders on the tour will perform thrilling motocross stunts, including back flips while soaring through the air.

Bartram and the Steel Rodeo Tour will perform both night’s at this year’s Sheriff’s Rodeo.

In addition to the Steel Rodeo Tour, this year’s event will feature bullfighting funny-men and a kid’s calf scramble. Jeff Wolf, a professional rodeo announcer, will MC both nights.

Since it’s first year, the Sheriff’s Rodeo has been an important funding source for the Sheriff’s Department. Funds raised from past rodeos have allowed the department to purchase patrol video cameras, replace all portable radios, buy every officer two types of rechargeable flashlights, fund Junior Deputy programs, provide half of the funds necessary to purchase a speed monitor trailer for use in our area school zones and to purchase bullet-proof vests for every deputy. For this year’s rodeo, one of the main goals is to allow the department to purchase a new drug and tracking dog, which will assist officers in the war against illegal narcotics as well as searching for missing individuals.

Sheriff Sid Lockhart says the rodeo helps the department with items that aren’t in the budget, but also stressed that funds are put toward the agricultural park. “We try to add something new each year to the park,” he said.

The rodeo certainly provides for an important cause but it also has the added benefit of providing good, clean entertainment suitable for the entire family and this year will be especially family oriented as the event will fall on Mother’s Day weekend.

“It’s going to be a special weekend,” Lockhart said. “We want everyone to come out, and bring your mothers, to enjoy great fun, plenty of good food, exciting rodeo action and a great family atmosphere. We’ve appreciated the support we’ve had over the past 17 years and we hope to keep building on that success.”

The rodeo begins at 7 pm CST both nights. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12 and free for kids three and under. There is plenty of free parking, so be sure to get there early to get a good spot.

“The success of our rodeos would not be possible without the hard work and assistance of Eddie and Vicki Adams, who are members of the Professional Cowboys’ Association, our sponsors and the employees of the department and the detention facility,” Sheriff Lockhart said.  “Furthermore, our rodeo would not be possible without the contributions of our area merchants who sponsor the rodeo, gates and events,”

The Chambers County Agricultural Park is located on US Hwy 431, in north LaFayette.

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