Three little cowboys look on at last year’s Stars and Stripes Rodeo. This year’s event will take place March 1-2. (Cullman Tribune file photo)
CULLMAN, Ala. – The 36th Annual Stars and Stripes Rodeo is returning to the Cullman County Agricultural Trade Center Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Winner of the 2018 Indoor Rodeo of the Year by the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association (SPRA), the Stars and Stripes rodeo is put on by the West Point Band Boosters with all proceeds benefiting the West Point Warrior Band.
“A Double Creek Rodeo Production featuring some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association,” the rodeo will showcase more than 120 contestants each night. The gates open each night at 5:30 p.m. with the shows starting at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Premier Bank locations and Jack’s Western Wear for $10 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $10 for ages 6-12.
West Point Band Booster President Josh Sellers said, “We work very hard to make sure the rodeo has something for everyone. It’s a family-friendly event. We have mutton busting each night for the little kids. We have a great rodeo clown I personally selected. Marshall Green is great with kids and very funny. He’s also a firefighter and EMT in Georgia. We’ll have face painting, calf scramble and a hay dig.”
The rodeo pageant will take place Thursday afternoon and night at Cullman First Baptist Church. Pageant winners will be announced Saturday evening. Pageant winners, mutton busting winners and rodeo winners will be presented with Bob Berg belt buckles and other prizes.
Sellers explained, “The rodeo is an SPRA event and the prize money is more this year which helped draw in greater talent. We have 30 team ropers and over 20 barrel racers registered. We have over 20 girls and ladies who will be competing in the pageants.”
West Point Warrior Band members will be helping at the event but will not be performing. The band has been busy practicing for its state performance and assessment. The national anthem will be performed by three members of the band’s trumpet section each night.
Sellers said, “The band has been working hard and we would love to raise enough money to take the kids on a trip. Our priority right now is to finally get the band new uniforms. They are wearing uniforms bought in 1999 and they need something new.”
Parking to the rodeo is free. There will also be an ATM on-site.
Sellers added, “We will be selling concessions and we try to keep everything very affordable. Our goal is to create a good time for all families. You can’t go to the movies for what you would will spend at the rodeo, and it benefits our kids.”
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