Rodeo coming to town

Published 12:04am Sunday, April 22, 2012

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is looking to double the fun this year at its second-annual pro rodeo.

The Adams County Deputy Pro Rodeo will be April 27 and 28 at the Wayne Johnson Arena on Foster Mound Road, and deputy Randy Freeman said he hopes to dwarf last year’s attendance.

“We were packed out last year, but we expect a huge crowd this year,” Freeman said. “We hope to double the attendance this year and provide good, clean family fun.”

Freeman said the event has added a few children’s activities this year including a hamster ball, petting zoo, mechanical bull and a climbing wall along with several vendors that will cater to children’s fancies.

Freeman said the event will also feature trick-rider Dusti Crain, whose tricks include riding while standing horseback, jumping through a ring of fire and doing flips off the horse.

Last year late-arriving guests walked nearly half-a-mile to get to the arena, and Freeman said he hopes that problem will be solved this year.

“When they come in the main entrance we will have several lanes for them, so they won’t have to walk that far,” he said.

Proceeds from the event will go into the Adams County Deputy Sheriff’s fund, which helps the ACSO purchase equipment that the county cannot afford, Freeman said.

This year the Adams County Search and Rescue Unit will also work a concession to raise money for a new boat motor.

Freeman said in addition to raising money for the ACSO, the event allows the deputies to interact with the public.

“This is the only fundraiser we really have to mingle with the public,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity if you have a question you can talk to a deputy there and ask any questions you want.”

Freeman said he is most looking forward to watching the professional rodeo clown, Rudy Burns, who has been in the business for more than 40 years.

Tickets for the rodeo are $12 at the gate for adults, $10 if purchased ahead of time. Children’s tickets are $8 at the game and $7 if purchased ahead of time.

Any cowboys interested in participating in the professional rodeo can call 1-800-639-9002. Pre-rodeo begins at 7 p.m. both nights with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m.