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Whip Crackin' Rodeo gallops into sixth year

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Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Lone Star Rodeo will present the Sixth Annual Charity Whip Crackin' Rodeo on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The rodeo will begin each night at 7 p.m., and a special needs rodeo for exceptional children will kick things off on Friday, April 24 from 9 a.m. until noon, according to event organizers.

Action-packed events such as bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and much more - including the popular fan favorite best dressed contest for kids ages 10 and under - will ultimately help support a host of local charities.

Last year's rodeo set a new record, generating over $41,300 for more than two dozen local charitable organizations.

"I'm very grateful for the support from our platinum and gold sponsors, along with all involved, to help put together this annual event," Craighead said. "The entire event supports many of our local charities, contributes to our local businesses and creates a fun-filled weekend for the entire family."

Advance tickets for the Whip Crackin' Rodeo can be purchased at Bates Ford, Boot Barn, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon City Hall, Lebanon Senior Center, Manheim Nashville, Permobil, Rose Tire & Service, John Greer - State Farm Insurance, THW Insurance Services and the Lebanon office of Wilson Bank & Trust. Advance tickets for adults are $10 and $8 for children ages four to 12. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on rodeo nights at $15 for adults and $10 for children, with children under four admitted free of charge.

Thanks to the support of City of Lebanon Natural Gas, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC), Permobil, Southern STARRS (Special Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Students), Tennessee 811 and Wilson County 911, the special needs rodeo for exceptional children will include stick horse barrel racing, face painting, trick roping and lots more. Horse rides will be provided courtesy of Southern STARRS in partnership with Empower Me Day Camp.

On the same weekend, the Ward Agricultural Center will also play host to the Country Living Fair, featuring guest appearances by Mike Wolfe from "American Pickers" and many others in addition to 200 vendors from 29 states selling antiques, vintage and artisan-made goods. The fair will be open Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Platinum sponsors for the Sixth Annual Whip Crackin' Rodeo are Bates Ford of Lebanon, Permobil and Wilson Bank & Trust. Gold sponsors are Bays Southern Bread, Boot Barn, Capitol Theatre Project, Civil Site Design Group, Craighead Home Sales, Goodall Homes, Johnson Controls, Lochinvar, LoJac, Manheim Nashville, MTEMC, Rose Tire & Service, John Greer - State Farm Insurance, THW Insurance Services, Tickets Nashville, Visionary Design Group and Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC Hyundai.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.WhipCrackinRodeo.com.

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