By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Cowboys and cowgirls are already anticipating the fourth annual Whip Crackin Rodeo & Outdoor Show which is scheduled to come barreling into Lebanon next weekend.
The two-day event begins on Friday, April 26, at 8:30 a.m., with a day dedicated to special needs children in the community. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the best part of the rodeo is seeing the smiles on childrens faces as they get to interact with rodeo animals and play games at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
At 2 p.m., the all-new outdoor show will begin, featuring more than 20 vendors with merchandise including campers, luxury RVs, boats, tractors, outdoor furniture, pool and spa options, and fashion.
Craighead said that the outdoor show, as well as inflatables for children, will be open and free to the public outside of the covered arena. Guests are welcomed to register for a drawing and door prizes such as movie tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, rounds of golf and the grand prize of a night out of the town in a 14-passenger luxury tour coach donated by Four Seasons Coach Leasing.
The rodeo will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. with a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust for children ages 10 and under and a Kids Gold Rush with prizes in the straw. Doors to the Outdoor Show will open Saturday at 10 a.m. There will also be a rodeo on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Craighead said a mechanical bull has also been added this year for locals who wish to try their hand at bull-riding.
In the past three years, the Whip Crackin Rodeo has raised more than $115,000 for local charities. Event Platinum and Gold Sponsors are: Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Bays Southern Bread, Capitol Theatre, Craighead Home Sales, Four Seasons Coach Leashing, Goodall Homes, Johnson Controls, Lochinvar Corporation, Lojac Materials, Manheim Auto Auction, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, THW Insurance Services and Tickets Nashville.
Discounted tickets are available at Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, Manheim Auto Auction, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Couture and Lebanon City Hall -- $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door on both nights of the event -- $15 for adults and $12 for children.