Wild West Rodeo will feature bull rides, crafts, chili cook-off


June 24, 1996|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"I'LL GIVE ANY area man $1,000 to ride our bull, Powerline, for eight seconds!" That's the challenge Tom Drury, owner of T Bar D Rodeo Company of Millersville, Anne Arundel County, has issued to men attending this weekend's rodeo at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

"You can enter at the rodeo to ride," he said. "The bull weighs about 2,350 pounds and is 5 feet tall at the shoulders. He's a big crossbred bull."

Dig out your cowboy boots, strap on some spurs and slip into a pair of old jeans. The Wild West Rodeo, stocked by T Bar D Rodeo Company, is riding into town for just two days.

Shows will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Sunday show will feature a live broadcast with Lauri DeYoung and Marty Bass of WPOC Radio

The rodeo will include bareback bronco riding, calf roping, team roping, saddle bronco riding and bull riding.

If you have never seen a horse whip around barrels set out in a cloverleaf pattern -- at speeds so fast it sometimes seems as if the horse is on its side -- you won't want to miss the women's barrel racing event. Sometimes the fastest horse is the one you'd least expect to win.

Without clowns, a rodeo would be fun, but not funny. Clowns bring laughter by amusing the crowds between events and putting on a show of their own. They also have the toughest job of all, distracting an angry bull or a wild horse when the rider is down or in danger.

Clowns also will be helping children compete in the Mutton Bustin' contest. In this event, youths get the chance to do some bareback riding of their own, but their mounts won't be bulls. It'll be sheep for their wild and woolly ride. The first 10 youngsters to sign up can also participate in a stick-horse race. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Vendors will offer plenty of food. A chili cook-off on Sunday is open to all chefs. Pit beef, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, snowballs and sodas will be sold.

Western wear, Indian blankets and jewelry, cowboy hats and belt buckles also will be for sale.

Rodeo tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Carol's Western Wear, Country Roads, any Carroll County Bank and Trust location or at the gate. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Information: (410) 761-6188.

Volunteers needed

The Carroll County office of Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound people, a service the organization has provided since 1973.

Gail Burton, program administrator for the Carroll County office, said: "We serve regardless of age or economic status to persons who are not able to shop or prepare meals for themselves. This can include persons who are ill, recently hospitalized or disabled. [Through Meals on Wheels], respite or temporary care is available to persons whose primary care-giver needs relief from the responsibility of meal preparation."

Volunteers are needed to work one day a month or more for one to three hours. There are openings for volunteers to drive, visit or make phone calls.

To volunteer, call 857-4447.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/24/96

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