PELL CITY -- Rodeo fans can double their pleasure at the fourth annual Pell City Bulls on the Lake Rodeo, which is set to kick off Friday for two consecutive nights, instead of one, of fun and excitement.
The event is set for the Pell City Civic Center/Lakeside Park/Sports Complex at 2801 Stemley Bridge Road.
Cason Davis, a Pell City High School Future Farmers of America alumni, who is helping put together the event, said organizers are holding the rodeo for two nights to allow more people to attend the fundraiser.
Davis said proceeds will benefit the Pell City Schools FFA program.
In addition, Mark Hale, the owner and producer of the Triple H Bucking Bulls & Rodeo Company, will present two $500 scholarships to former Pell City High students.
Davis said one scholarship is being awarded to Macy Tucker, who will attend Jefferson State Community College this fall, and the other to Keri Shipman, who is attending Auburn University.
Workers began putting the rodeo arena together Monday and are continuing their work throughout the week. On Wednesday, workers began setting up bleachers around the arena.
“We’re trying to figure out how far we need to put the projector screen from the projector,” Davis said, as he was talking to someone on his cellphone.
He pointed to the banners stretched across one end of the arena, where the shoots are positioned to release bulls and their riders.
“We had a little more than 36 sponsors,” David said. “That’s a lot more than last year.”
Hale said the rodeo continues to grow every year.
“We’re up to 25 vendors,” Hale added. “That’s more than double from last year. It’s grown. It’s gets bigger and bigger every year.”
Participating vendors will include several selling food. Davis said the rodeo will also have clown acts, mechanical bull riding, a petting zoo and bounce tent.
Davis said this year’s event will feature 20 professional bull riders from across the Southeast.
He said the rodeo will also feature team roping and the “Mutton Bustin” event, which is basically a competition for children who try to ride a sheep for as long as they can. He said 10 children have already signed up for the Mutton Bustin competition both Friday and Saturday nights.
New this year is the “Mini Buckers,” an event in which youngsters will attempt to stay on some bucking Shetland ponies.
“We are trying to make it more kid friendly,” Davis said.
Gates will open at 5 both afternoons, with the rodeo starting at 7, Davis said. He said there is a concert slated at 6 both nights featuring country singer Jonathan East.
Advance tickets are still available at the Pell City Municipal Complex at a cost of $12 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 6-12. Tickets are also available at the gate in the Pell City Sports Complex at $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12.
Prices at the gate Friday and Saturday will be $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free regardless of when tickets are purchased.
Davis said people can also buy a two-day pass for $24 for adults and $16 for children.
Hale said more than 2,500 people attended last year’s rodeo, and organizers are expecting even a bigger crowd this weekend because the event is being held on two nights.