Rodeo rides into town

Jul 04, 2013

Saddle up and head out to the Haywood County Fairgrounds tonight and Saturday night for “The Greatest Show on Dirt Tour” rodeo.

H Bar M Rodeo Company out of Athens, Tennessee is hosting the rodeo, which is sanctioned by the Southern Rough Stock Association. The rodeo also is a memorial for Doug Sanford who organized and promoted local rodeos for more than 20 years. His son Rocky Sanford is carrying on the tradition by helping promote the event.

Mike Moore, owner of H Bar M Rodeo Company and president of the Southern Rough Stock Association, has been producing rodeos for 28 years. According to a press release, “H Bar M Rodeo shows are action packed and provide quality entertainment for the whole family.”

Moore founded SRSA in 2000 and it has become one of the premier rodeo associations in the Southeast.

The rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and will feature bull riding, barrel racing, roping, a mechanical bull and vendors. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $7 for children between 5 and 10 and children under 5 will be admitted for free.

“The economic impact of this event has been proven over and over,” Moore said in a press release. “We expect a large audience for each night.”

Rocky Sanford said the crowd could reach 500 each night at the fairgrounds.

The 2013 Ram Rodeo Series will also be part of the Doug Stanford Memorial Rodeo taking place July 5-6. Attendees will be able to check out the newest Ram trucks while enjoying the rodeo. Spectators who visit the Ram truck brand during the rodeo will be entered into the 2013 Ram Rodeo Sweepstakes for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle. For more information on the Ram Rodeo Series, visit RamRodeo.com.

For information about the rodeo, call 865-388-0182.

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