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Whip-Crackin’ Wonder

April 30, 2013
From: The Lebanon Democrat

Eva Malter, 3, of Lebanon, watches in amazement as a 5 year old does tricks on horseback during the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo on Friday.

Targeting A Good Time At The Rodeo

Special Events Rodeo, outdoor show start weekend festivities

April 27, 2013
From: The Lebanon Democrat

Landon Knight aims to lasso a ‘steer’ at the steer-roping station during Special Needs Day at the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo.

The rodeo continues Saturday at the James E. Ward Ag Center.

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo kicks off Friday

Special Events Rodeo, outdoor show start weekend festivities

April 24, 2013
From: The Lebanon Democrat

Mayor Philip Craighead and Lone Star Rodeo are putting the finishing touches on the 4th Annual Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo and Outdoor Show. The two-day event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon.

A Special Events Rodeo for exceptional children kicks off the rodeo events on Friday from 9 am until noon. The rodeo offers fun for the entire family, and proceeds benefit several local charities. This year, the rodeo will also feature an outdoor show. The rodeo begins each night at 7 p.m. The outdoor show hours are Friday from 2 – 9 pm and Saturday from 10am until 9pm.

The action-filled championship rodeo features the thrills and spills of bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping, cowgirl’s barrel racing and Brahma bull riding.

The event will also feature a “gold rush” for the younger set where children look for prizes in a pile of hay. There will also be a “best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest” for children 10 and under.

There will be chuck wagon races throughout the evening, with wagons speeding around tight corners. Controlled chaos ensues – wheels have been broken and drivers have been thrown from the wagons, along with some rollovers.

“This is not your grandma’s saddle club gathering,” Craighead said. “This is the real wild west.”

Also on hand will be Team Karson with Frontier Town from Ocean City, Md., performing the colorful and exciting “Liberty Stand,” the most dangerous stunt in trick riding. Crowd pleaser Mike Wentworth the rodeo clown will also entertain.

This is the first year the rodeo will have an outdoor show, featuring campers, boats, tractors, mowers, ATVs, pools, spas, landscaping and more for those who long for the great outdoors.

The event is a good time, but more importantly, it helps a lot of good causes. Last yar’s rodeo raised more than $40,000 for Lebanon’s local charities.

Craighead said the city needs to get ready “because company is coming to town.” Last year, the rodeo attracted more than 250 participants from over six states.

“For a family experience your kids will talk about for weeks, this is the place to be,” he said.

Rodeo tickets are for sale at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office on the square, Wilson Bank & Trust, Rose Tire, Bates Ford, City Hall and online at WhipCrackinRodeo.com.

“Your purchase will make a difference in our community,” Craighead said.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the day of the rodeo at $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children age 4 and under get in free.

“Come join us, have a great time with your family and help those who help so many of those in need,” Craighead said.

The Rodeo’s Back

April 19, 2013
From: The Wilson Post

Cowboys and cowgirls are already anticipating the fourth annual Whip Crackin’ Rodeo & Outdoor Show which is scheduled to come barreling into Lebanon next weekend.

The two-day event begins on Friday, April 26, at 8:30a.m., with a day dedicated to special needs children in the community. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the best part of the rodeo is seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they get to interact with rodeo animals and play games at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

At 2 p.m., the all-new outdoors show will begin, featuring more than 20 vendors with merchandise including campers, luxury RV’s, boats, tractors, outdoor furniture, pol and spa options, and fashion.

Craighead said that the outdoors show, as well as inflatables for children, will be open and free to the public outside of the covered arena. Guests are welcomed to register for a drawing and door prizes such as movie tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, rounds of golf and the grand prize of a night out on the town in a 14-passenger luxury tour coach donated by Four Seasons Coach Leasing.

The rodeo will begin on Friday at 7p.m. with  a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust for children ages 10 and under and a Kid’s Gold Rush with prizes in the straw. Doors to the Outdoor Show will be open Saturday at 10 a.m. There will also be a rodeo on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Craighead said a mechanical bull has also been added this year for locals who wish to try their hand at bull-riding.

In the past three years, the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo has raised more than $115,000 for local charities. Event Platinum and Gold Sponsors are: Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Bays Southern Bread, Capitol Theatre, Craighead Home Sales, Four Seasons Coach Leasing, Goodall Homes, Johnson Controls, Lochinvar Corporation, Lojac Materials, Manheim Auto Auction, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, THW Insurance Services and Tickets Nashville.

Discounted tickets are available at Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, Manheim Auto Auction, Lebanon /Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Couture and Lebanon City Hall – $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door on both nights of the event – $15 for adults and $12 for children.

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