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Rodeo begins at Cumming Fairgrounds

POSTED: August 29, 2014 12:04 a.m.
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The annual rodeo begins its three-night run tonight at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

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CUMMING -- Get ready for a roping and wrangling good time this weekend as the International Professional Rodeo Association, or IPRA, presents a World Championship Rodeo at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ covered arena.

The fun begins at 8 tonight and continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

“We had great crowds all three nights last year,” said Dave Horton, fairgrounds director. “And we’re expecting the same thing this year.”

The event has been held in Cumming for more than 16 years. For much of that time, two rodeos were presented, one in the fall and a second in the spring. However, the latter was dropped a few years ago due to continual bad weather.

“We’ve always had great weather in the fall,” Horton said.

The rodeo features seven traditional events in which cowboys and girls can compete for points toward an IPRA title and prize money. Those include bareback, bull and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, calf and team roping and steer wrestling.

Horton added that organizers always include elaborate opening ceremonies, a specialty act and clown skits. There’s also always something special for kids to take part in.

“It’s a lot of fun to watch because it’s just non-stop action,” Horton said. “It goes from one event and they get right into the next one, so there’s not a lot of down time.”

Patrons can also arrive up to two hours before the opening to enjoy activities such as pony rides, a mechanical bull and several vendors with cowboy-themed items.

“We always have a lot of families that come out and enjoy everything before the rodeo starts,” Horton said.

There are also food vendors and several event sponsors with giveaways, Horton said. Tickets are available for purchase starting two hours prior to each show.


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