Rodeo rides into town

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Lone Star Rodeo Company will bring its national finals to Calsonic Arena this weekend, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Photo by Kenny Stone Photography, courtesy Lone Star Rodeo

Lone Star Rodeo Company will bring its national finals to Calsonic Arena this weekend, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Fowlkes and 10-year-old Oralee Madison perform riding tricks at a previous Lone Star Rodeo event.Lone Star Rodeo Company will bring its two-night national finals to Calsonic Arena with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 each evening.

This is the 27th year for the rodeo to appear in Shelbyville, and the second year in a row for Shelbyville to serve as the two-night finale for the company's rodeo season. The company says it's the largest two-day rodeo in the state.

Jessica Fowlkes and 10-year-old Oralee Madison perform riding tricks at a previous Lone Star Rodeo event.
Photo courtesy Lone Star Rodeo

The rodeo will include competition in bareback bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirls' breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, cowgirls' barrel racing, team roping and brahma bull riding.

Special activities

Rodeo events combine competition with spectacle, and this weekend's shows will feature two-time rodeo clown of the year Mike Wentworth, as well as trick and Roman riding exhibitions by Jessica Fowlkes and 10-year-old Oralee Madison.

As usual, there will be children's activities prior to the performance, including a best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest and a "gold rush" for chbildren 10 and under.

Lone Star Rodeo is based in Crofton, Kentucky, and owned by the Preston Fowlkes family.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 (Friday) or $12 (Saturday) for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be bought at http://lonestarrodeocompany.com, at the Celebration Office, at Russell Barnett Dodge in Winchester, or by calling 270-269-6000.