Thursday, July 6, 2006
night at the rodeo
The big Byhalia Clydesdale Christmas Store Festival rodeo drew 208 entries from seven states for the two nights, June 23-24, according to organizer Jerry Bolden with J Bar B.
It was the festival’s biggest attraction. All bleachers were filled Saturday evening.
“This Byhalia rodeo has the potential to be one of the best rodeos in the region,” he said. “Extra prize money is the big selling point in attracting top cowboys. The Clydesdale Store committee matches the prize money.”
Bolden said points count toward the championship rodeo competition in the Deep South finals.
He said he formed the Deep South Rodeo Association in November 2003 and held the first finals in Booneville in November 2004. With Deep South in its third full year, membership has grown tremendously.
Bolden puts on approximately 35 rodeos a year with about 20 being held in Mississippi and the rest in surrounding states. His rodeo plays for fund-raisers for civic organizations and fairs and goes wherever the invitation is extended.
“Rodeo is very popular,” he said.
He attributes renewed interest in rodeo and the equestrian arts to growing family interest in clean fun.
“We cater toward a family event,” Bolden said.
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