A “yee haw!” is in order as festivities of the fifth annual Greenville Heritage Rodeo are slated to kick off Saturday.
Early registration call will start at 9 a.m., rodeo slack at 10 a.m. and the trail ride at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ernest ‘Red’ Rempson Memorial Expo Center on the grounds of the Washington County Convention Center, 1040 S. Raceway Road.
Gates open at 6 p.m. as the actual rodeo will kick off at 7 p.m. in the expo center.
The event is being presented by Big Rodeo Project in partnership with Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa, City of Greenville, Washington County, Delta Radio Network, Delta Hill Riders and the Greenville Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The opening ceremony will be led by Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa general manager Roscoe Greene, Mayor Errick Simmons, Washington County Board of Supervisors president Carl McGee and Charleston mayor Sedrick Smith.
“Following these great leaders are Big Rodeo Project trail bosses Mr. Jessie Brown and each and every cowboy and cowgirl in attendance,” BRP President James Hardiman Jr. stated. “Both the National Anthem and Negro National Anthem will be played at the event in addition to recital of the Original Cowboy Prayer.”
Hardiman also highlighted both anthems are cello compositions composed by Miss Gabrielle — 15-year-old Mensa member and niece of Hardiman.
In addition, the Cowboy Prayer is to be recited by Marcous Friday, who Hardiman stated is a renowned professional rodeo announcer of BRP Rodeo, Bill Pickett Rodeo, Okmulgee Rodeo and numerous other rodeos.
For children ages 4-10, tickets will cost $10 at the gate.
General admission early bird tickets cost $10 and tickets purchased at the gate will cost $15.
Tickets can be purchased at the following outlets: Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, The Greenville Mall, Sunday Best in Grenda, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Cleveland.
Competitive events include Bull Riding, Ranch Bronc, Ladies Barrels and Tie Down Roping for an entry fee of $70, Junior Break Away and Junior Barrels for contestants at age 15 and under with an entry fee of $30, Team Roping (up to 3 members) for an entree fee of $80 per team, Pee Wee Mutton Busting for an entree of $10 and Pony Express Racing for an entry fee of $300.
Winners of the Bull Riding, Ranch Bronc, Ladies Barrels, Tie Down Roping and Team Roping competitions will each receive a $400 cash prize.
The winner of the Pony Express Racing will receive a $500 cash prize and winners of the Junior Break Away and Junior Barrels competition will receive a $40 cash prize respectively.
Winner of the Mutton Busting competition will receive a ribbon.
Entry fees must be received no later than Saturday at 9 a.m. once Saturday night performances are filled.
Contestants must register with secretary Jessica Everett by calling 318-669-2250.
Contestant tickets cost $5, stock fee is $15 and the late entry fee is $10.
Contestants may Cash App entry fees to $everettjess and should include his or her name and event in note sections when paying entry fees.
Additional sponsors include Mitchell Distributing, APW Enterprise of Calhoun City, O’Reilly Auto Parts of Cleveland, Simmons $ Simmons, PLLC, Clark-Williams Funeral Home, Inc. Justin Hardiman Visual Artist Jackson, Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, Sunday Best of Grenada and Central Glass Company of Jackson.
About Big Rodeo Project
Established in 2016, Big Rodeo Project - Rodeo (BRP-Rodeo) was formed to produce heritage rodeos for youth and adults to participate in western competition. Cowboys and cowgirls across the country are eligible to compete for cash prizes.
BRP-Rodeo, LLC is a for profit organization dedicated to preserving the great sport of rodeo through youth education and event promotions. We take pride in our business model which provides continuous support and betterment of our local communities through collaborative efforts with partnerships, sponsorships, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, military, and private businesses.
BRP senior advisors are associated with Roy LeBlanc Invitational Rodeo in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, which is the oldest black rodeo in America that has celebrated its 66th year. BRP also works closely with Mr. Marcous Friday, Tulsa Heritage Rodeo association.