There will be a Gold Rush for the kids – where kids look for prizes in a pile of hay, a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest for Kids 10 and Under and a Chuckwagon Race in the arena. You’ll experience the wagons speeding around the tight corners.
Last year’s rodeo raised more than $37,000 for two dozen local charities. “I’m very grateful for the support of our Platinum and Gold Sponsors along with all involved to help put together an annual event which greatly supports many of our local charities, contributes to our local businesses, and creates a fun-filled weekend for the entire family,” Craighead said.
Platinum Sponsors for the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo are Bates Ford, Rose Tire/Bridgestone, Wilson Bank & Trust and Permobil.
The Gold Sponsors are Wilson County Motors, John Greer, State Farm Insurance; Bob Black, Payment Express Systems; Rob Cesternino, Citadel Security; Dr. Chad Williams, Smile Gallery; THW Insurance Services, Lochinvar Corporation, Manheim Auto Auction and Craighead Home Sales.
Craighead said Lebanon should get ready because company is coming to town. For a family experience your kids will talk about for weeks, this is the Place to Be, he noted, adding the number of Rodeo entries is expected to surpass 300.
Saturday’s agenda at the Ward Ag Center will be full of excitement, the mayor said. It will include the March of Dimes Walk; Fiddler’s Grove Founders Day with 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 2010.
“This year we expect a much larger crowd,” he said.
Be on the lookout for discounted Rodeo tickets for sale at the sponsor locations at the Lebanon Chamber, Wilson Bank & Trust, Rose Tire, John Greer – State Farm Insurance and Lebanon City Hall. Your purchase will make a difference in the community, the mayor said, adding he encourages businesses to buy a block of tickets for their employees. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. You may also purchase them at the gate the night of the rodeo at $15 for adults and $10 for children.
“So come join us, have a great time with your family, and help those who help so many of those in need,” Craighead said.