Riding and Roping: Boys & Girls Club to host rodeo fundraiser (PHOTOS)

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Special to The Sun
Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast is asking locals to dig out their cowboy hats and oversized belt buckles for a weekend full of rodeo fun.

This isn't a second-rate rodeo. The fundraiser has been sanctioned by the Professional Cowboy Association and is produced by Bo Campbell Productions.

"We're very fortunate to be working with Bo Campbell," said rodeo event coordinator Yvonne Freeman. "He's been producing rodeos for 30 years."

Over 300 rodeo contestants will be traveling from nine different states to compete in the rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls will have the chance to rank in one or several of the eight events including:  bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Those with top scores in each timed event will win cash prizes and have the chance to compete in the finals. Local talent will also have the opportunity to participate during the two-day event.

The idea for the 2013 Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Inaugural Rodeo came from coordinators wanting to present something unique to the area, Freeman said. The closest rodeo is in Bonifay.

This will be the first big event for Jessica Jarosz, the new president and CEO of the Club.

"We've had a few small events since my arrival, but nothing of this caliber," Jarosz said. "It's something a little different for the Emerald Coast and benefits kids who need our support the most. And, of course, I can't wait to watch the professional cowboys and cowgirls riding and roping."

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