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Whip Crackin Rodeo coming to Ward Ag. Center

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 Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and President and CEO of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Sue Vanatta announce plans for the first ever Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo and Dumplin’ Days events to be held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in April. Also set are the March for Babies Walk and the Wilson County Sports Council 5K Run.         Submitted

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Lone Star Rodeo Company announce the first ever Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday nights, April 16-17, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center under the lights of the new arena.

Events for the Rodeo will include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing and Brahma Bull Riding. 

Other special events include a Gold Rush for the children where they look for prizes in a pile of hay. There will be a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest for children 10 and under.

The Chuckwagon Race will include six chuckwagons actually racing in the arena. You’ll experience the wagons speeding around the tight corners – wheels have been broken and drivers have been thrown from the wagons, along with some rollovers. Folks, this is not your grandma’s saddle club gathering. This is the real Wild West, a spokesperson said.

“We started plans for this event over a year ago. I’m very grateful for the support of our Platinum and Gold Sponsors along with all involved to help put together an event which will greatly support many of our local charities, help support our local businesses, and create a fun-filled weekend for the entire family,” Craighead said. 

Platinum Sponsors for Whip Crackin’ Rodeo are Burchett Ford, Rose Tire/Bridgestone and Wilson Bank & Trust.

The Gold Sponsors are Wilson County Motors, John Greer, State Farm Insurance; Bob Black, Capitol Theatre Project; Rob Cesternino, Citadel Security; Dr. Chad Williams, Smile Gallery; Permobil; and Craighead Home Sales (Zack and Darlene Craighead).

The number of Rodeo entries (Cowboys and Cowgirls) is expected to surpass 300.

Saturday’s agenda at the Ward Center will be full of excitement. Dumplin’ Day Events will also be held and include a dumpling cook-off, storytelling, corn hole tournaments, checker tournaments, all kinds of music and singing, clowns, an antique car exhibit, inflatables and much more. More than 1,000 people participated in the 2009 event, and this year organizers said they expect a much larger crowd.

The March of Dimes will be having its annual March for Babies Walk, and the Wilson County Sports Council will be having a 5K Run. The Myotonic Goat Show, a Canning Class, and the MECA Car Stereo Contest will also be held.

The Rodeo event will help local charities such as Prospect, Sherry’s Run, CASA, Brooks House, Habitat for Humanity, the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Educational Coalition, Books from Birth, New Leash on Life, Joseph’s Storehouse and many more.

“So come join us and have a great time with your family and help those who help so many of those in need,” Craighead said.

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