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Rodeo boosts local tourism, benefits Relay

Published 12:43pm Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Lake Martin Area Rodeo is set to kick off at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex March 15-16 with all proceeds benefiting Tallapoosa County Relay for Life.

“I got involved because I am a cancer survivor,” said Jennifer Baker, Alex City Parks and Recreation program director. “This was an opportunity to raise some money and awareness for Relay for Life.”

Baker said the seventh annual event is expected to draw more than 4,000 people and hopefully raise more than $3,000.

“This is my fourth year to be involved with the rodeo, and it’s gotten bigger every year,” Baker said. “Last year we had more than 4,000 people during the two days, and we were able to donate $3,000. We hope to be able to donate more than that every year.”

Baker said the rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Cowboy Association (PCA) and will consist of eight main events: barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle riding, bareback riding, breakaway roping, team roping, bull riding and calf roping.

She said children’s activities are also available.

“It is a lot of fun,” Baker said. “It’s a very family-oriented event. Everyone has a good time.”

Baker said the annual rodeo attracts people from all over the Southeast and gives the entire area a chance to profit from tourism.

“It brings a lot of people into our community,” Baker said. “One of the main positives is it does bring people in our area and gives us a chance to show off our community and our facilities here that we’re so proud of. They have to buy gas here and eat here – hopefully they’ll come back again.”

Advance tickets will be available for purchase Monday at the Sportplex office, the Cancer Center at Russell Medical Center and Depot Gun and Pawn. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets at the gate will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo will begin at 7 p.m.

“We hope people will go ahead and get tickets ahead of time,” Baker said. “Save a little money and come on out and have a great time with us.”

For more information on the rodeo, call Baker at 256-329-6736.