Cowboy boots and hats will be a common sight this weekend at the Hardin County Fairgrounds as the Rineyville Optimist Club hosts its annual rodeo.
Robert Jones, president of the Rineyville Optimist Club, said the rodeo is an International Professional Rodeo Association Championship rodeo event that begins with an opening show of the display of colors and American flag that “brings goosebumps to your arm and fills you with American pride.”
The rodeo features several events from bull riding, bronco riding, team roping, barrel racing, chuck wagon racing, bull fighting, and more.
“We also have the best rodeo clown, and a halftime show of trick riding and roping,” Jones said. Additionally, there will be events for children and the audience to win some cash and have some fun.
Tickets are sold at the gate for $12, Children 6 and under are free. There will be food, ice cream and drinks available for purchase.
If somebody is looking for some new cowboy or cowgirl apparel it will be available as well.
The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and events start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
According to Jones, the rodeo is the club’s main fundraising event, which can only be accomplished by all the support of their volunteers and the community.
“We live in an amazing community that rallies together to support each other to give back to the community,” he said. “Everyone that comes out to the rodeo is not only getting an amazing show they are also helping support some amazing charities and the youth in our community.”
This includes taking a group of local children Christmas shopping with lunch and a movie that are selected by the school’s resource center. The club also helps support Mission Hope for Kids, breast cancer awareness, scholarships for local students, paying off lunch debt at local elementary schools, local school sports teams, and many more deserving charities.
“We have been actively supporting our community for 48 years,” Jones said.