Wetumpka rodeo

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Wetumpka Sports Complex.

The Wetumpka Future Farmers of America Alumni Chapter is organizing an International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event in Wetumpka on Friday and Saturday, alumni chapter president William Pierce said.

Sid McKissick, who is helping organize the rodeo, said it will be held at the Wetumpka Sports Complex.

Organizers said the rodeo will feature bareback riding, saddle-bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, breakaway roping and girls barrel racing. Those who want to compete professionally in a IPRA-sanctioned rodeo must be at least 18.

McKissick said there also will be a special junior bareback riding event “just for fun and (as) another way to increase possible attendance.”

The Wetumpka chapter will award its first R.O. Meek Award scholarship, Pierce said.

“This is the first scholarship for the Wetumpka FFA program and is a direct result of the proceeds from the Wetumpka FFA Alumni Championship Rodeo,” he said.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 8 p.m. both nights. Admission is $10 but children 10 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult who pays the $10 admission.

McKissick said all proceeds from the rodeo will support the Wetumpka FFA Alumni Chapter to help pay for necessary supplies and programs not financially supported by the state.

The FFA helps prepare youths for success in managing a farm, operating a tractor and other business skills required to help those who choose farming as a career, McKissick said.

McKissick said he hopes the event will draw at least 200 competitors.

The arena and some stock for the rodeo will be provided by Oubre Rodeo Company, a stock contractor based in LaGrange, Georgia. The company set up the arena on a field at the sports complex.

The company will bring about 20 bucking horses and 30 bulls for competitors. Each participant performs with a different horse or bull to keep the event fair and competitive, McKissick said.

Those participating in barrel racing or roping may provide their own animal.

Bleachers will be provided for up to 1,000 spectators and fans are also encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

The Elmore County Cattlemen’s Association will sell food on site with all profits going back to the FFA. Other vendors will be set up around the arena selling souvenirs, T-shirts and other rodeo items.

There also will be a mechanical bull available to ride and a petting zoo for children.

“We really want people to come out and support this event because we’re raising money for a great cause,” McKissick said.