Rodeo returning to town

From Staff Reports

The second Justin Cooper Memorial Rodeo will be Aug. 17-18 behind the Webster County Career and Technology Center on Hall Road.

The rodeo, which begins at 8 each night, will feature world-renowned trick rider Kristy Lei Harris of Montgomery, Ala. She has performed at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for more than 10 years and all across the United States.

The Cajun Kid, Huck Hano from Odenville, Ala, will be the rodeo’s funny man (barrel man/clown) and will have his white mule with him. Hano has also performed across the nation.

The rodeo will feature the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association’s 2011 Bucking Bull of the Year. Past SPRA world champions will be in town roping, riding and involved in the rodeo. Different cowboys will compete each night.

The rodeo will pay tribute to Justin Cooper and other fallen soldiers during the openings both nights.

The Webster County Cattlemen’s Association will be handling concession stand duties and numerous vendors will again be on the grounds, including the Cowboy Shop and the “Peanut Man.”

The rodeo is produced by Bill Hankins of Eupora and Double L Rodeo Productions, along with stock contractor Double Creek Rodeo Co. His partners are Bill Hudson and Johnny Luker, both of Double Creek.

Hudson was the 2011 Pro Rodeo Stock Contractor of the Year and Hankins was the 2011 Announcer of the year for the SPRA.

FATCO is the title sponsor and co-sponsors are North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora (which is sponsoring the clown), the Mississippi Army National Guard and North American Coal. The National Guard will have games for children.

Rodeo fans are encouraged to come out early to get parking and seats.

“It’s great family entertainment,” Hankins said. “It’s America’s only homegrown sport. We grow our own cowboys and we grow our own stock.”

Admission at the gate is $12 for adults and $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.