Ready for the rodeo?

Josh Presley
News Reporter

It's rodeo time in the community as Lummus Rodeo Productions' annual benefit rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Ranch on West TVA Road in West Point. Proceeds from the rodeo will go to benefit Clay County 4-H.
According to rodeo coordinator Luke Lummus, more than 300 cowboys and cowgirls will come from all over the southeast to compete in the two-day rodeo.
"They're competing for championship points," Lummus said. "They're trying to get in the top 15 in the Pro Cowboys Association so they can make it to the finals in January in Biloxi."
He said the competition will involve bare-back riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
"We'll also have something for the little ones after every event like the chicken scramble, greased pig catching and the gold rush," Lummus said. "Our event is very children-oriented."
Lummus began hosting the rodeo in 1986, and WPFD became involved in 2001. Since then, the event has contributed to various local groups and charities, including the Junior Auxiliary of West Point, but this year the proceeds will go to Clay County 4-H.
Last year's rodeo raised $4,000, and Lummus said all the money taken will stay in Clay County.
"This really helps our young ones with all the programs they participate in," he said.
Clay County 4-H Coordinator B.J. McClenton said the local branch of 4-H was fully funded through the county, and a big chunk of their budget comes from donations.
"This helps to make it where there's minimal cost to the youths who participate in our programs," McClenton said. "It helps with contest fees and registration fees and things like that."
Gates for the rodeo will open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Tickets purchased the night of the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 5 and younger are allowed in for free.