Cowboy Up!

Celebrity cowboys set to ride in Saturday's Chickasaw County Ranch Rodeo are, James Pettit, from left, Lisa Voyles, Murray Cousins, Linda Griffin and Lee Womack. The two-day event will be held at the Coliseum on Starkville Road and the public is urged to attend. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

Celebrity cowboys set to ride in Saturday’s Chickasaw County Ranch Rodeo are, James Pettit, from left, Lisa Voyles, Murray Cousins, Linda Griffin and Lee Womack. The two-day event will be held at the Coliseum on Starkville Road and the public is urged to attend. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – They are looking for the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in Chickasaw County – and there will be some other folk you know riding, too.

The Chickasaw County Agri-Center will host a ranch rodeo and barrel race Saturday Oct. 5, with a celebrity sorting contest thrown in for the fun of it.

“We’ve got a lot of good cowboys in this community and the Ranch Rodeo is for them,” said Angie Abrams, Chickasaw County 4-H Advisor and event coordinator. “We’ve also lined up a list of movers and shakers who will sort cattle. It’s all going to be about having a little family fun that weekend and we want people to mark their calendar and come out and enjoy it.”

Saturday’s ranch rodeo will see serious cowboys compete in sorting, mugging, trailer-loading, branding and team-roping and will pay average and fastest time in each event. There is a $200, four-man team entry fee with a 60-percent payout.

Barrel racing has a $25 entry fee and 60-percent payout and $100 added with 20 entries.

Abrams said the Agri-Center has a history of drawing good talent for rodeos and this event should be no different.

“We also want people to come cheer on their favorite ‘Celebrity,’” said Abrams. “They will go against each other during the ranch rodeo sorting out a cow on horseback.”

Local rodeo celebrities will be:

• Murray Cousins – Eaton Automotive.

• Dustin Dendy – Houston Police Department.

• Linda Griffin – Emergency Management Director.

• Jerry Hall – Chickasaw County Supervisor.

• Tammy Johnson – Regions Bank.

• Stacey Parker – Mayor of Houston.

• James Pettit – Natchez Trace EPA.

• Andy Pumphrey – Grocer’s Pride.

• Lisa Voyles – Chickasaw Journal.

• Lee Womack – Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Saturday’s rodeo is part of a three-day series of events set for Oct. 3-5 at the Agri-Center.

Thursday starts with local cooks, canners, sowers, photographers, artists and collectors registering exhibits for display.

“We don’t have a county fair but this is a desire by some people to get one started,” said Abrams. “We are looking for people with a talent or special gift and want them to enter their craft or what they cook or sew the best.”

And Abrams said first place winners will get a Blue Ribbon and $2. Second and Third Place will also receive ribbons.

Categories range from jewelry and photography to clothing, canning and cooking.

The competition is broken down into youth and adult. There is no fee to enter an exhibit.

Friday will see a Buckaroo Rodeo for kids 12 and under.

“You can make your own stick horse or we will help you make one,” said Angie Abrams, Chickasaw County 4-H coordinator. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for both kids, adults and grandparents. This will be a night for families.”

There will be stick-horse barrel race, bronco riding, dummy roping and wild cow milking. The night will wrap up with a chicken chase.

Abrams said local businesses are being solicited for prizes for first place winner and ribbons will be given in all categories.

“We will be asking people to get involved and help us with this,” said Abrams. “This is about this community having a little fun and doing something with kids. I hope people will support it.”

For more information about the Ranch Rodeo, Buckaroo Rodeo or to enter an exhibit please call Abrams at 456-4269. Exhibit rules can be picked up at the Chickasaw Journal at 225 East Madison in downtown Houston or the Chickasaw County Extension offices on Lee Horn Drive.

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