Full 7-Event Rodeo | Friday and Saturday May 25 & 26
It’s been a while since a full-blown rodeo has visited the Tri Cities. The crew at Holston River Brewing Co. has been working to convert part of their Thunder Mountain Campground into a professional rodeo venue complete with bleachers, food & beverage venues and even the finals of their month-long Karaoke contest. Gates open each evening at 6:30 with the Karaoke playoffs at 7:30 and the rodeo itself at 8:00.
Kids 12 & under can get a free ticket at any of these sponsors who are making this event happen. 93.9, WMEV, Country is handling the radio. The other sponsors are Southern Co-op, Lee Bank, Stellar Studios, Sunbelt Rentals of Blountville, Century 21 – Garrett Addington, Appalachian Heritage Distillery and Admiral Propane.
The fun doesn’t stop when the rodeo is over either. Each night there is a Cowboy/Cowgirl After Rodeo Dance. On Friday night Coal Creek will be playing in the brewery at 10:30. At press time they were still booking the Saturday night band but, knowing them, it will be a good one.
Never been to a rodeo? Now is your chance! Great family fun, a whole lot of excitement and, naturally, great refreshments, as is the brewery’s reputation. Come on out and see what it’s all about for yourself. I’ll be the guy in the cowboy hat!
A Rodeo Primer
What are these seven events, who participates and how do they work. Here is what you need to know:
Bull Riding: The world’s most dangerous sport. It is for men, and to qualify for judging you need to stay on the bull for 8 seconds.
Calf Roping: Very popular on TV, the horse and calf come out of separate gates at the same time. This event is for men and is timed.
Saddle Bronc Riding: We’re all familiar with the bucking broncos trying to throw their rider off. This event is for men and is like bull riding – to be judged you must stay on for 8 seconds.
Team Roping: As the name implies, there are two-person teams doing the roping. Event is open to men and women and is a timed event.
Cowgirl Barrel Racing: Obviously for the women, this fast-paced event is quite exciting and uses the full arena for the competition. It is a timed event.
Breakaway Roping: A women’s event, this differs from calf roping because as soon as the cowgirl gets the rope set it is designed to breakaway. A timed event.
Bareback Riding: An even tougher version of saddle bronc riding, the cowboy only has a rope to hold onto – no saddle! Another event where the guy must stay on for 8 seconds to be eligible for judging.
You just might come away with a new favorite rodeo event. Personally, I think the cowgirls doing the barrel racing looks to be a really fun event for the spectators.