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5th annual Lawrence 4-H rodeo scheduled

By Nancy Glasscock
nglasscock@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County 4-Hers are dusting off their cowboy boots and sharpening their greased pig-catching skills for the annual Youth Horse Club Rodeo.

The Lawrence County 4-H Youth Horse Club is hosting its fifth annual Youth Rodeo on Sept. 15 at the Iron Rail Arena in Moulton, said Laura Walker, an event organizer.

Proceeds from the rodeo will fund an educational equine-related trip for youth horse club members, and a rodeo for disabled children and adults in Lawrence County, Walker said.

An average of 80 to 100 youths from across Alabama and adjoining states participate in the rodeo each year, she said.

The event began as an activity to benefit Lawrence County schools and was later extended to include clients and staff the Bill Stewart Center, Walker said.

"We started out with the local school systems, doing it for the children, and the Bill Stewart Center wanted to get involved," she said.

Donna Dutton, manager of the Bill Stewart Center, said 28 to 30 clients participate in the rodeo every year.

"A lot of the kids and adults have never been around farm animals, so they really enjoy it," she said.

Walker said attendees can contribute to a good cause while enjoying calf-roping, barrel racing and a new addition to the rodeo, a greased-pig-catching contest.

Cash prizes will be awarded to age group event winners, she said.

"It's a really special event, and they love it and really look forward to it," Walker said.

Admission is $5 a carload, Walker said.

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