The fifth annual Whip Crackin’ Rodeo is riding back into town again next weekend.
Not only does the event serve as one of the best rodeos in the area, but also more importantly, it is there to raise money for Lebanon and Wilson County charities.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead recently announced the rodeo will be held April 25-26 at 7 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
A special needs rodeo for exceptional children will kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.
The championship rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and feature action packed bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping, cowgirl’s barrel racing, brahma bull riding and chuck wagon races.
Lone Star Rodeo Company puts on the eight-event professional rodeo each year. Lone Star is a premier rodeo company in the Southeast that was created in Marfa, Tex., but now resides in Crofton, Ky. They produce more than 40 events each year in 11 different states.
This year’s event will also include an outdoor show. Visitors can look to enhance their outdoor life from campers and boats to patios and outdoor living ideas.
There will also be a gold rush for children, where prizes are hidden in a pile of hay. Those 10 and younger can compete in a best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest as well.
Chuckwagon races will take place throughout the night. Be ready to experience wagons speeding around tight corners, as well as tires breaking, drivers being thrown from their wagons and rollovers.
Discount rodeo tickets are for sale at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office, Wilson Bank & Trust, Rose Tire, Bates Ford, John Greer State Farm Insurance, City Hall and online at whipcrackinrodeo.com. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets may also be bought at the gate prior to the rodeo for $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children ages 4 and younger will be admitted free.
Last year, the rodeo raised more than $45,000 for charity.
This year, those who will be benefitting from the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo include Prospect, Sherry’s Run, CASA, Brooks House, Habitat for Humanity, Chamber Educational Coalition, Books from Birth, Fiddler’s Grove, Rotary for Habitat, Walter J. Baird sports teams, STARRS, Wilson County Civic League, New Leash on Life, Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry, Wilson County 4-H and Wilson County Help Center.
“Come join us, have a great time with your family and help those who help so many of those in need,” Craighead said.