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You’ll see antique cars like these at the eighth annual Ardmore Car &Truck Show on Saturday.
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You’ll see antique cars like these at the eighth annual Ardmore Car &Truck Show on Saturday.

Horses & horsepower
Ready for some redneck horseshoes? Visit Ardmore’s rodeo, Car & Truck Show

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dpalmer@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

Horses ’n horsepower — what more could you want?

This weekend, enjoy the adrenaline-pumping combination of a classic tobacco-spitting rodeo, with an engine-roaring car show at the Ardmore, Tenn., John Barnes City Park.

The 15th annual Ardmore Police Department Rodeo on Friday and Saturday will feature steer wrestling, bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping and other competitions. Doors open at 6 p.m. with action at 8.

Vendors offering horse tack, Western wear and food will be in attendance. Drawings for a pony and a saddle will also take place at the rodeo, said Police Chief William “Doc” Oliver.

The rodeo will kick off with a parade Thursday evening in downtown Ardmore, featuring rodeo queen contestants, and of course, plenty of horses. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at L&S Supermarket on Ardmore Avenue.

Over the past 14 years, the rodeo has raised almost $135,0000 for the Police Department, Oliver said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Car & Truck Show

The Ardmore Car & Truck Show will also take place at John Barnes City Park the same weekend, but on Saturday, only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 400 vehicles ranging from a 1923 Model T to a 2007 Corvette convertible to a souped-up 1998 Honda Civic will be on display at the park.

The show has grown tremendously in seven years, when it started with only 12 entries, said Steve Hall, founding member of the Ardmore Quarterback Club that organizes the show.

Car enthusiasts from across the region — Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee — make the trip to Ardmore for the show.

But the show is not just for car junkies this year, Hall said. This year, the club has expanded the event to include a “Kids Zone” with inflatables, Hot Wheels car races and slot car races.

“We’re trying to grow it to a communitywide event,” Hall said. To reach that goal, the club also attracted more arts and crafts vendors this year and added games for the whole family such as redneck horseshoes and a water balloon toss.

“If the dad and son want to look at the cars but the mom doesn’t care about it there’s something for her to do, also,” he said. “It’s to promote a more family atmosphere.”

Admission is $2 per person.

Entries for the show will be accepted until the day of the show. Entry fee is $20 per vehicle. Three grand prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded, along with 53 other honors such as “Coach’s Choice,” “Mayor’s Choice,” and “Best Engine.”

Car & Truck Show

What: 7th annual Ardmore Car & Truck Show

Where: Ardmore, Tenn., John Barnes City Park, Ardmore Ridge Road

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $2.

Entries are still being accepted. Entry fee is $20 per vehicle.

For more information, call (256) 233-5759

Ardmore Rodeo

What: 15th annual Ardmore Police Department Rodeo

Where: Ardmore, Tenn., John Barnes City Park, Ardmore Ridge Road

When: Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m., action starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more information, call (256) 423-2146

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