Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A good crowd was on hand at the first event hosted at the fairgrounds for the 2021 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair, which was the Bullwhip Rodeo from Celina, Tennessee.
Dale Burton, Arena Director for the Bullwhip Rodeo said the goal for their program is to provide a good family show.
"We like to include a little bit of everything in our rodeo," he said. "Everything from the little kids, all the way up to the cowboys riding the big bulls. We want to try to include something for everyone. And I believe we have a good, fair rodeo for our competitors."
The event started with a tribute to America and the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City on the 20th anniversary of the event as a rider made several laps around the arena with the American Flag.
The event included mutton riding for the little kids, which is always a fan-favorite at the rodeo. Small ones clung to sheep as they were released from the pen, some lasting longer than the 8-second requirement for the bull riders.
Also for the kids was cattle wrangling, where kids had the opportunity to chase down calves with a pink ribbon tied to their tails. Prizes were offered to the kids that could grab the ribbons.
There was also a stunt rider who rode laps upside down as well as standing up, barrel racing for both rodeo and local riders, a steer wrangling event for any team of three that could wrestle a steer and ride it for a required amount.
There were also two different calf roping events, one for solos and teams, and the final event of the evening was the bull riding.
The Edmonson County Fair will continue Monday, September 13th with the Baby Show that will be hosted at the fairgrounds.