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WPFD benefit rodeo begins this weekend

August 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

It’s rodeo time in the community as the West Point Fire Department and Lummus Rodeo Productions’ annual benefit rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Eagle Ranch on West TVA Road in West Point. Proceeds from the rodeo will go to benefit the Junior Auxiliary of West Point.
According to rodeo coordinator Luke Lummus, cowboys and cowgirls will come from all over the southeast to compete in the two-day rodeo.
“They’re competing for championship points,” Lummus said. “They’re trying to get in the top 15 in the Pro Cowboys Association so they can make it to the finals in January in Biloxi.”
He said the competition will involve bare-back riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
“We’ll also have something for the little ones after every event like the chicken scramble, greased pig catching and the gold rush,” Lummus said. “There will be free pony rides from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each night, and our event is very children-oriented.”
Lummus began hosting the rodeo in 1986, and WPFD became involved in 2001. Since then, the event has contributed to various local groups and charities before settling on the Junior Auxiliary.
“It’s been a win/win deal,” Lummus said. “Those ladies do so much in our community and they help a lot of people.”

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