Rodeo Pros, old and new
A whole generation’s missing in this shot of Blount County rodeo pros who will take the arena this weekend. But never fear: between these seniors and youngsters, they’ve got the rodeo covered. Among the young’uns (from left) are Valerie Smith of Oneonta and Anna Smith of Blountsville (no relation) who bring both beauty and excitement to the cowgirl barrel races. Josh Moorer of Rosa says he intends to win – and just might – the bull-riding contest. He nearly did last year. All three are professional riders who travel the rodeo circuit. Meanwhile the senior cowboys have set a record of their own: for 30 years – since the Agribusiness Center first opened in 1982 and hosted its first rodeo in its first week – they’ve brought the rodeo to Blount County and are not shy about hyping it as the best in the state: (from left) Ed Phillips, Vance Morton, and Ralph Morton, all charter members of the Agribusiness Center annual rodeo production. – Ron Gholson
Just the Facts
Fri. & Sat., April 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m., gates open 6:30 p.m.
General admission: adults $15 at door, $12 in advance; children 4-12, $10 at door, $8 in advance. Under 4 free.
Advance locations: Tip Top One Stop, Hwy 231 South; Alexander Dodge- Rodeo desperados-in-waiting Albertville; Superior Bank- Snead; Radio Shack-Oneonta.
Contest events: Bronc-riding, calf-roping, cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer-wresting, team-roping, cowgirl’s barrel-racing, bull-riding.
Special attractions: Best dressed cowboy and cowgirl, kids 10 and under; Mighty Mike Wentworth rodeo clown and Barrelman; Kids’ gold rush, age 10 and under; kids chicken-chasin’ contest, age 10 and under.