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EMCC rodeo set Thursday

March 26, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It’s time to break out the boots and prepare for a good time. East Mississippi Community College, assisted by Luke Lummus Rodeo Productions, will host its second inaugural Ozark Region collegiate rodeo beginning Thursday at Eagle Ranch in West Point.
The event, which brings an estimated 350 competitors from about 12 four-year universities and two-year community colleges, will begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday through Saturday, with additional daytime events to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, as well. Men’s events will include bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping, while women’s events will feature barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. The top 10 competitors from the three-day event will square off in the finals Saturday evening.
However, there’s a little something for everyone, according to Luke Lummus, Clay County District 2 supervisor and owner of Luke Lummus Rodeo Productions.
“It’s a good, clean family atmosphere,” Lummus said. “(There’s something) for the grandparents all the way down to the grandchildren.”
Lummus said area children would have the opportunity to participate in activities of their own in between collegiate competitions. The rodeo will feature a pig scramble for children 5 and younger, as well as a calf scramble for youth 6-10 and a chicken scramble for slightly older participants, 11-15.
“The pig scramble is always really cute,” said Morgan Goodrich, head rodeo coach for EMCC. “Prestage Farms comes in with the little, baby pigs and we put them out in the arena. It’s funny to watch because the kids will be kind of afraid to touch them at first, but once they work up their nerve they’ll get close and the pigs will squeal and run off and they just laugh. It’s really cute.”

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