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|Annual rodeo begins July 30|
The 52nd Annual Deep South PRCA Rodeo begins its three day run in Winnsboro, July 30-Aug. 1, at the arena on Loop Road.
The festivities will begin with a downtown parade on Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m. Riders will line up on Mary Marr Ave. and proceed south, taking a left toward the downtown area.
Bobby Butler and Jeff Moore, president of the Deep South PRCA Rodeo committee, will be leading the way in a John Deere Gator ATV.
The Deep South Rodeo is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Southern Circuit, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
This year's event will feature award-winning Classic Prorodeo stock owned by Scotty Lovelace, 2003 Stock Contractor of the Year, of Waskom, Texas. Several members of his professional herd have achieved national ranking for their performances at the prestigious Wrangler National Finalist Rodeo (WNFR) held each December in Las Vegas. In 2008, Lovelace had 10 professional horses to carry their riders to a win. When the shute opens at show time, audiences in Winnsboro will get to experience the energy of a well-seasoned performers, and the riders aren't half bad either.
Riders in this year's rodeo will compete in several categories including bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
Heath DeMoss, formerly of Crowville, will return to Winnsboro to compete in the saddle bronc category. In 2007, DeMoss scored an 89 point ride to beat out his opponents for first place. In 2008, he returned and claimed the same title and is set to defend it once again.
Heath's older brother, Cody DeMoss of Heflin is ranked number six in the 2009 PRCA World Standings in saddle bronc.
Of course, no rodeo would be complete without the comedic relief of professional rodeo clowns, Rudy Burns and others.
General admission prices are $11 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Advanced tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sullivan's Feed and Western Wear and Dennis Crain Dodge.
Corporate sponsors for this year's event are Louisiana Lottery, Dennis Crain Dodge, Croplan Genetics and Winnsboro Equipment (Ken Malone and Greg Malone).
Franklin State Bank, Progressive Bank and Winnsboro State Bank will each sponsor one night of the rodeo. Citizens Progressive Bank will sponsor a shute and Sicily Island State Bank will sponsor the Muttin' Bustin' event held during the Kid's Rodeo this weekend.