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G’boro promises 2006 rodeo will be a blast

For the second year, the Greensboro Rodeo is inviting people to saddle up for good family fun.

The rodeo will begin one week from today on Friday, April 1 with a second edition Saturday at Lion’s Park at 8 p.m. each night.

Rodeo organizer Jackie Broussard said they hope to build off last year’s success and have an even bigger crowd pass through the gates for this year’s event.

“Last year, we had about 2,00 people and we hope to do better this year,” Broussard said. “That was with wet weather. This year, we think we can top that if the weather cooperates.”

Getting last year’s event under their belts, Broussard said, was a great learning experience. This year, she said, the process of organizing the event was no problem.

“We have experience this year,” Broussard said. “After getting it together last year, it was definitely easier this year.”

The rodeo, which is sanctioned by the PCA, will feature several events including traditional favorites such as bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, bareback roping, calf roping, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing.

For younger cowboys and cowgirls, there will also be a pig scramble, gold rush, little wranglers and mutton Busting.

Two familiar faces will also return to Greensboro as Rowdy Pope announces the event and “Scooter” the rodeo clown entertains.

If people do not plan to take part in any of the events, Broussard said, they can still have a good time sitting and watching.

“Even if you are not the active type, you can be a spectator,” Broussard said. “There really is something for everyone to do, especially the kids.”

Of course, Broussard said, no trip to Hale County would be complete without catfish. This year, she said, they plan to have plates available with all the trimmings.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (334) 287-0782 or (334) 624-9388.