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|Annual Deep South PRCA Rodeo returns to Winnsboro|
The 52nd Annual Deep South PRCA begins its three day run at the arena on Loop Road, July 30-Aug. 1, beginning at 8 p.m. nightly. This year's event will be held in memory of D.C. Crain, longtime Winnsboro resident and dedicated supporter of the equine community. (See full story, Page 2A)
Rodeo Week festivities will begin with the annual parade through historic downtown Winnsboro on Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m. Parade participants are asked to line up on Mary Marr Ave. by the swimming pool at 3:15 p.m. The parade route will proceed south, taking a left onto Kinloch Street and a left at Gill First National Funeral Home.
Dennis Crain, son of the late D.C. Crain, will serve as grand marshal of the parade. Bobby Butler and Jeff Moore, President of the Deep South Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Committee, will be parading through town in a John Deere Gator ATV.
"This is going to be a big year for the rodeo," said Moore, who is in his fourth year as committee president. "This is professional livestock, just like you see on ESPN. It's high energy, it's lively and it's going to be a great show."
The annual event will feature top Classic Pro Rodeo stock owned by Scotty Lovelace, 2003 Stock Contractor of the Year of Waskom, Texas. In 2008, Lovelace had 10 professional horses to carry their riders to a win at the prestigious Wrangler National Finalist Rodeo held each December in Las Vegas. With an award-winning class of professional bucking stock, audiences are sure to be riding on the edge of their seats.
Participants in year's rodeo will compete in several rough stock and timed events including saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
Saturday night will feature a saddle bronc showdown when Heath DeMoss, formerly of Crowville, returns for the third year in a row to defend his first place title. In 2007, DeMoss scored an 89 point ride to beat out his opponents for first place. In 2008, he returned to reclaim the same title. He will compete Saturday night with some of the best riders on the circuit, including older brother, Cody DeMoss of Heflin. Heath is currently ranked number three in the 2009 PRCA World Standings in saddle bronc; Cody is ranked number six in saddle bronc.
The brothers are currently in Cheyenne, Wyo., traveling the circuit to Dodge City, Kansas before their stop in Winnsboro on Saturday night. They will also compete as a team during the rodeo in the team roping event.
Of course, no rodeo would be complete without the comedic relief of professional rodeo clowns, Rudy Burns and company.
The Deep South PRCA Committee members will once again be taking donations for breast cancer research through their "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" campaign. Pink buckets will be placed at rodeo vendor booths and concession stands for audience contributions. On the final night of the rodeo, committee members wear pink Stetson-cut shirts to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Audience members are also encouraged to wear pink in show of their support.
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 chute and Sicily Island State Bank sponsored the Muttin' Bustin' event held during the Kid's Rodeo last weekend.
The Deep South PRCA Rodeo is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Southern Circuit, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.