Cowboy (and Cowgirl) up



Can they? Do they have what it takes? Interpreted loosely, to “cowboy up” is to deal with what you’ve got, take responsibility for who you are and what you do, dust yourself off and get back up if you’re knocked down. An admirable personality trait, to “cowgirl up”.

Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the southeast, and then some, will travel to Oneonta to compete in the 31st Annual Blount County Rodeo this weekend to prove that they can indeed, “cowboy/ cowgirl up.” There will be no shortage of excitement, and an interesting fact is that Blount County will represent a good portion of those competing. Bareback bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding are events that 23 Blount County young people excel at, so come out and cheer on your favorite cowboy and cowgirl.



In addition, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, chuckwagon races, chicken chasing, and even a “Best Dressed” cowboy and cowgirl contest is on the agenda for the twonight affair. To enter the best dressed contest, plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to be judged. Special guest talent – The Coppertown Clown Bert Davis and his Muttley Crew – will wow audiences as he and his 10 shelter rescue dogs perform their hilarious antics.

The Blount County Rodeo will feature the local talent below in their respective events.

A bronc rider should be light in the head
and heavy in the seat….
Bareback Bronc Riding
Saturday – Dalton Absher, Blountsville;
Andrew Smith, Oneonta.
Rodeo with the best, or eat dust with the rest.
Team Roping
Friday – Cory Owens, Blountsville;
Jason Smith, Kenny Smith, Brody Pack,
Colton Bankston, Oneonta.
Saturday – Matthew Rainwater,
Eric Smith, Oneonta.
Don’t stop kickin’ til the clock stops tickin’.
Cowgirls Barrel Racing

Friday–Anna Smith, Blountsville;
Valerie Bankston, Oneonta.
Saturday–Savannah Smith, Blountsville.
We ride and never worry about the fall, I
guess that’s just the cowboy in us all.
-Chris LeDoux

Bull Riding

Friday–Josh Moorer, Oneonta; Cody Brown, Sammy Cox, Cleveland.

Saturday–Dustin Sterling, Derrick Moates, Jacob Dobbs, Cleveland; Austin Hawkins, C.J. Faust, Chris Farley, Oneonta; Cody Hodge, Blountsville.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 adults, $10 children, and 3 and under get in free. Call the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center at 274-8839 or visit for more information.