Whip Crackin Rodeo

Whip Crackin Rodeo

2021 Whip Crackin’ Rodeo

April 23rd & 24th, 2021

Join us for the 2021 Whip Crackin' Rodeo at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Welcome to the Whip Crackin Rodeo!

Virus Causes 11th Annual

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo to Cancel

The Whip Crackin’ Rodeo, an annual event held at Lebanon’s Ward Agricultural Center for the past 10 years, has been canceled this year because of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Lebanon businessman Bob Black, who chairs The Community Foundation’s Wilson County board of directors, the host organization of the event, said the decision to cancel the two-night rodeo scheduled for April 24 and 25 was “regretful but necessary.”

“We initially had hoped we would be able to avoid canceling the rodeo this year in favor of finding an alternate date perhaps in late summer. But, because of other events already scheduled at the Ward Agricultural Center and previous commitments by the company that produces the rodeo, this was not possible,” Black said.

He said it was unfortunate that the chain of consecutive years in which the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo has been held has to be broken but added that “in view of the extreme circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus it was a decision that was necessary.”

Proceeds from the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo are used each year to support area nonprofits.

Black said in past years the rodeo, which was started by former Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and his wife Darlene, has provided financial support to dozens of local charities and nonprofits.

“This will not be the end of the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo for Lebanon and Wilson County,” Black pledged. He said plans are already being made for the rodeo in 2021.

“Raising more than $50,000 annually to help local charities is just too important to be dismissed. I promise the rodeo will be back next year, stronger than ever.”

While as many as 5,000 attend the rodeo over the weekend it’s held, Black said much of the financial success of the event is attributed to the many sponsors who pay to have the names of their businesses listed in programs, placed on banners around the arena, and recognized in a number of other ways.

“We are so appreciative of the support we receive from local businesses and many individuals and urge each of these to continue their support of the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo in 2021. Their sponsorships not only make it possible to bring a great family entertainment show to Lebanon and Wilson County, they also make it possible to provide much needed financial support to a number of worthy local nonprofits,” Black offered.



We would like to say Thank You to everyone that helped make our charity rodeo event a success. We can’t wait to see you again next year.

Previously, we presented the 9th Annual Whip Crackin’ Rodeo for the residents of Middle TN and we raised over $40,000 for our LOCAL charities.

In just 10 years, we have been able to provide those local charities with over $500,000 in needed support.

For the last 10 years, we have included a day for our special needs children filled with fun, games and a sample of what a real rodeo is all about. During the 2019 Special Needs Day, we had the privilege of entertaining over 450 special needs youth at this mini rodeo event.

lone star logoThe covered pavilion offers an all weather rodeo arena, so be sure to join us at the Wilson County Fair Grounds for this exceptional night of rodeo fun.

To add to everyone’s enjoyment, we are working hard to include new events for 2021!



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