8 seconds could mean a gold buckle

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 16, 2006

Don’t remember the last radio in Demopolis? The buzz is that it’s been quite a while since the last rodeo came bucking through town.

Dale Ray, director of the West Alabama Rodeo, has been busy getting ready for the event this weekend. “We are going to have bare back riding, calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding,” Ray said. “We will have cowboys and cowgirls from four different states.” Rodeo King Dale Ray will be on radio station 98.5 at 8 a.m. today.

Six girls from the local community will be participating in “The Grand Entry.” Rodeo coordinator Deitsi Lewis has enjoyed going to rodeos in Montgomery with her husband and children for years. “This is good clean fun, and we love going” Lewis said. “It’s a family tradition.”

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There will be a number of fun activities for the little ones at the radio this weekend, which will include the calf scramble, the pig scramble, mutton bustin’ and calf dressing. The calf scramble is for 10 through 14 year olds, the pig scramble is for children from ages four to nine. There will also be a clown at the rodeo this weekend, of course.

“Calf dressing is where they dress a calf. It’s a contest and they will win something,”

Lewis said. “The pig scramble is a lot of fun for the younger kids. they race around and try to get a ribbon off of the little pig.”

The event will be Friday and Saturday, and the main events will begin at 8 p.m. on both nights, and the gates will be open at 6 p.m. Admission costs are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children two and under will be admitted for free.

The 3R rodeo production is sanctioned by the Professional Cowboys Association. The event sponsor for bull riding is Parr’s, Southern Pipe is sponsoring the Steer Wrestling, event, the bareback riding event is sponsored by AMA Design, and the calf roping event is sponsored by Gibbs&Sellers. Quail Valley is sponsoring the team roping event, the barrel racing event is being sponsored by Baugh Chevrolet/Windham Chevrolet, the breakaway roping event is sponsored by Gaddy Electric/Alabama Tractor, and WIN 98.5 “Scott and Amy in the Morning,” is sponsoring the saddle bronc event.