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A stampede of ridin’ and ropin’ at this weekend’s rodeo


A stampede of ridin’ and ropin’ at this weekend’s rodeo.

    Organizers with the Pickens County Stampede Rodeo estimate last year’s event drew about 5,000 spectators to Sacketts Arena, with those beefy numbers happening despite one night of rain.
    But with good weather on tap for Friday and Saturday – and a few new additions to the show – it’d be no surprise if the popular family event sees higher attendance this year.

    The rodeo, presented by Sacketts Western Wear, Tack & Seed and Jasper Jeep, have kept popular events like bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, barrel racing, break away roping and team roping and the calf scramble, a favorite for kids. But new this year will be a drill team and a mounted shooting demonstration to mix things up a bit.      
    “The event is [International Professional Rodeo Association] sanctioned, which draws riders and ropers from all over the country,” said organizer Sherri Copeland. “We’ve even had people from Canada. But outside those events, this year we’ve also added Southern Exposure Drill Team. They perform to music and it looks kind of like synchronized swimming but with horses. Then Sam and Lee Helms with Hired Gun Horsemanship mounted shooting team are coming. They are amazing and have been on the cover of Shooter Mag. They will have some girl versus boy and old west demonstrations.”
    A new rodeo clown, Rockin’ Robbie Hodges, will saddle up for this year’s event and on both nights a Green Egg and a Yeti cooler will be given away to lucky spectators. Entry into the giveaway is included with the entry fee. Enter at the gate, but you must be 16 or older and must be present to win.
    Paws Pizza is the on-site food vendor this year and will serve up refreshments for rodeo-goers. Copeland is especially excited about a variation on the funnel cake.
    “They’ve got funnel cake sticks, which are just like funnel cakes with the sugar, but shaped like fries,” Copeland said. “They’re going to have a ton of food.”
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    The Pickens County Stampede Rodeo will be held Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. Gates open at 6 p.m. Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. It is held at Sacketts Arena at 100 Shelby Lane, Jasper, Ga. at the corner of Highway 108 and Highway 515.
    Advanced tickets can be purchased at Sacketts Western Wear, Tack & Feed. For more information call 678-454-4677.
    Tickets are $15 for adults; kids age 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 and under are free.