Marion County Stampede to bring herd back to town

Train a young bull rider in the way he should go...” This muttin’ bustin’ rider from 2023 appears to have a knack for the sport.

By Kathryn “Chazz” Hirschfeld
Staff writer
HAMILTON - The Third Annual Marion County Stampede will take place next weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at the Hamilton Industrial Park off I-22. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day. The rodeo is open to all ages. Tickets presold by April 26 are $15. Tickets at the gate are $20. Children 3 and under are admitted free.
Event organizer Matt McCracken noted, “Everyone is invited out to the rodeo. This is a great family event. It’s going to be wild and western with the most dangerous eight seconds on earth--bull riding--happening on Friday and Saturday night.
“We’ll have professional rodeo riders coming in from all over the country to Marion County. We have merchandise vendors lined up to provide everything from western wear to animal hides, from boutiques to cowboy hats--you name it, we’ll have it.
“We’ll also have bouncing houses and a mechanical bull onsite. We’ll have food trucks with all types of offerings, including pizza, cotton candy, burgers, hot dogs, crawfish, kettle corn and a lemonade stand.”
IPRA and
NCPRA riders
Produced by Deep South Rodeo Productions, the local Stampede features riders on both the International Professional Rodeo Association and the National Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association circuits.
Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, ranch bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and bull riding.
And there’s something new in store for 2024 attendees.
“One of the entertainment acts this year will involve trick riding, and we’ve not seen trick riders before,” McCracken said “They’ll be featured along with all the other usual rodeo events”…

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