Rodeo to benefit Clay County 4-H kicks off Friday

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The 31st annual rodeo to benefit Clay County 4-H will be Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Cattlemen’s Stockyard located on West TVA Road.

The rodeo will cost $5 for anyone under 12-years-old, $10 for anyone over 12 and children under $5 will be free.

Clay County Extension Agent Natalie Ray said coloring sheets were passed out at schools for children 12 and under, and if those kids bring the sheet to the rodeo colored in, they can get in for free.

Rodeo sponsor Luke Lummus said the funds raised will benefit Clay County 4-H.

Ray said the money raised at the rodeo will go into Clay County 4-H’s general fund, and it will go toward projects, community growth and student competitions.

“We were able to raise $2,500 last year,” Lummus said. “We hope and pray we can do that or even better this year.”

Lummus said the rodeo will feature bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer roping and team roping.

Lummus said there would also be a chicken scramble, pig scramble and calf scramble for kids to participate in, and a gold rush will be for children ages 3-5.

“It is family fun for grandma all the way down to the kids,” he said.

Ray said the rodeo has been successful in the past.

“It has gone very well in the past,” Ray said. “A lot of people have attended, and Luke has done a good job of getting people to participate in the events.”

Ray said many people travelled from out of town to participate in the rodeo in the past.

Lummus said this rodeo was part of the American Cowboy Association, and winners would be able to go on to compete in regional and national levels.