FREEPORT — Westonwood Ranch recently announced the third annual Westonwood Ranch Charity Rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex.

The professionally sanctioned rodeo will feature the Professional Cowboy Association’s (PCA) biggest superstars competing in a variety of events.

Participants will be coming from around the region to compete in events including bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, break-a-way roping, ladies barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

Rodeo gates open at 6 p.m. each night and families are invited to come early to enjoy the children’s inflatable play area presented by St. Joe Clubs and Resorts, live entertainment and other activities. In addition, local food vendors will be on-site.

The 2018 Westonwood Ranch Charity Rodeo was awarded the "Best New Rodeo of the Year" at the PCA Finals Rodeo in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the 2020 rodeo plans to build upon the success of the past years.

"We are excited to once again partner with the PCA and Walton County Sheriff’s Office to bring this entertaining family-friendly event back to Walton County," said Lindy Wood, founder of Westonwood Ranch. "Last year’s event raised over $30,000 for Westonwood Ranch.

Inspired by their son Weston, who was diagnosed with severe nonverbal autism at the age of 2, Wood and her husband founded Westonwood Ranch in 2017 with the goal of helping individuals with autism and other developmental disorders bridge the gap from school to independent living.

Westonwood Ranch’s unique curriculum was formed with the goal of helping adolescents and young adults gain life skills and achieve independence. The basis of the program revolves around the creation of self-sustaining small business enterprises.

This past December, Westonwood Ranch harvested their first commercial lettuce crop selling wholesale to local restaurants.