The Walters State Ag Club Ranch Rodeo is returning to the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.
The Ranch Rodeo features teams of professional cowboys and cowgirls competing in events like calf doctoring, calf branding and wild cow milking. Team roping, a cowgirl barrel race and a cowhide race are always a popular part of the evening.
Young members of the audience can get in on the action with the calf ribbon chase, with three divisions for ages 5-10. Younger cowhands will want to be part of the stick horse race for ages 2-4. Bring your own stick horse or borrow one from the Ag Club.
The Ranch Rodeo and other Winter Horse Series events form the basis of an event management class for Walters State agriculture students. Students gain valuable experience and have the chance to meet and work with agriculture businesses and leaders throughout the region. Over $100,000 in scholarship funds have been raised over the past 12 years.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students 7-17. Children six and under get in free. Tickets will be available at the door.