Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cowbys Return to Town { Wedowee July 1-2 }

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by Kelly Caldwell

The rodeo returns to Wedowee July 1-2. The event is an annual fund-raising effort for the sheriffs department

Be sure to pack your cowboy boots and hat for your trip to Lake Wedowee Fourth of July weekend. The Eighth Annual Randolph County Sheriff's Department Rodeo will be both Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

“After I came into office, a lot of people asked if we were going to continuing having the rodeo,” Randolph County Sheriff David Cofield said. “Of course, we were going to continue it. The community really loves it.”

The rodeo will feature calf roping, team roping, barrel racing saddle-bronc riding and much more.

Cofield has relied heavily on volunteers with experience to help with this year’s event.
“We are learning a lot about how things happen this year,” he said. “It takes a lot of work to pull off something this big.”

Along with the rodeo itself, there will be other festivities for the crowds to enjoy.
“We will have the booths and vendors that have been to the rodeo before,” Cofield said.
There will also be slides and rides for the younger rodeo fans to enjoy.

“We will have the bull ride,, rock climbing wall and bouncey house again,” Cofield said. “Hopefully, we will also have pony rides and maybe a petting zoo.”

The event is a fund raiser for the Randolph County Sheriff’s department to supplement the annual budget.

“We are looking to get the department up to date technology speaking and one of the things the money raised will be used for is to purchase computers and printers for the squad cars,” Cofield said. “As well as Tasers for our deputies. That’s something that is really needed in the field.

“There are situations where lethal force is not required, but some type of force is needed to subdue the situation. The tasers do not have lasting affects but allows the deputies opportunities to get the situation under control.”

 The things purchased from the rodeo funds are things not included in the department's annual budget funded by the county commission.

Admission will be $10 and the gates open at 5 p.m. both nights. The rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night will also feature Wild Knights and a fireworks show to close out the events.

The rodeo will be on Highway 431 North past Wedowee Building Supplies.


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