Annual Taylor rodeo starts Friday
by JOYANNA LOVE, Banner Staff Writer
Aug 08, 2013 | 773 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The rodeo is coming to town to support the local projects of the Taylor Ruritan Club.

President Kathy Reagan said this will be the 32nd annual rodeo the organization has sponsored.

Bull riding, barrel racing and calf roping can be seen Friday and Saturday at 221 Old Kinser Road.

The gates will open at 6 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the rodeo per night are $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Tickets can be purchased at the Flealand Flea Market off of Highway 64 until 4 p.m. on Friday, or at the gate the day of the event.

Participants come from across the region to contribute to the show.

New for this year, Bradley Central and Walker Valley high schools FFA will be competing in a cattle event.

“They have to catch a calf, put a halter on it, put an oversized T-shirt on it, and lead it across the finish line,” Reagan said.

The group is also talking to the local fire departments to see if they would be interested in holding a similar competition.

In the past, 300 to 500 people have attended the rodeo.

“If the weather’s good we’ll get more than that. Last year, it was during the rain and the cowboys were having to land in the mud,” Reagan said.

While the bull riding competition is many spectators’ favorite event, Reagan said her favorite is barrel racing because its was her event in rodeos.

“I barrel raced for about 20 years,” Reagan said.

She said it was her father who first got her interested in the sport

The clubs’s vice president, 12-year-old Jackie Thompson, is also helping with preparations.

“My role is to clean up the Ruritan and help them get ready for the rodeo,” Jackie quipped.

He is the youngest to ever hold that office in regional Ruritans.

Jackie participated in the rodeo when he was 7 years old — as a bull rider. But, he said, that was a one-time thing.

“They (his parents) get too nervous when I do it,” Thompson said.

The rodeo is used to raise money for scholarships and other ways to help the community. The civic club also uses some of the money to give some Taylor Elementary School families fruit baskets at Christmas.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue will also be available for purchase.

Bear’s Den off of Highway 64 will provide the barbecue.

The club is also giving away a pony on Saturday night.