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Sheriff’s Rodeo this weekend


The 16th Annual Chambers County Sheriff’s Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at the Chambers County Agricultural Park in LaFayette.  Performances will be at 7 p.m. CST each evening.

All proceeds from the rodeo are used to purchase equipment for the Sheriff’s Department officers and provide improvements to the Agricultural Park.

The full-event rodeo features bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronco riding, cowboy barrel racing and cowgirl breakaway roping.  The prize money has increased each year and the rodeo is able to attract some  of the   top  rodeo  talent in  the Professional Cowboy’s Association from across the Southeastern United States.  Intermission at the rodeo features top quality acts, which include trick riding, clowns, comedy and other special attractions.

In addition to providing funding for the Sheriff’s Department, the annual rodeo has the added benefit of providing good, clean entertainment suitable for the entire family.  It also offers an informal setting where citizens can interact with the officers and staff of the Sheriff’s Department.

“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 Sid Lockhart said.  “Furthermore, our rodeo would not be possible without the contributions of our area merchants who sponsor the rodeo, gates and events,” Lockhart said.

“We hope that our rodeo will continue to be an annual event to raise funds to purchase the latest, best and most needed equipment for our officers to insure their safety and provide the best service to the citizens of Chambers County.

‘We  invite  everyone to come out and enjoy a first class professional  rodeo  presented  in a family oriented atmosphere,” Lockhart concluded.  Funds raised from past rodeos have allowed the department to purchase  patrol video cameras (which cost approximately $5,000 each), replace all portable  radios, buy  every  officer  two  types of rechargeable flashlights,  fund Junior Deputy programs, provided half of the funds necessary to purchase a speed monitor trailer for use in our area school zones, purchase bullet-proof vests for every deputy, and make improvements to the Rodeo,’ he concluded.  This year the department hopes to use the funds raised to acquire new weapons, flashlights and bullet proof vests.