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Sunday February 17, 2019

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Ranch Rodeo is Saturday, Feb. 17
February 8, 2018

The Walters State Ag Club Ranch Rodeo is returning to the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.  This is one of the most popular and unique events of the club’s Winter Horse Series.
The Ranch Rodeo features teams of professional cowboys and cowgirls competing in events like calf doctoring, calf branding and wild cow milking. Team roping, a cowgirl barrel race and a cowhide race are always popular parts of the evening.
Young audience members can get in on the action with the calf ribbon chase, with three divisions for ages 5-10. Younger cowhands will want to be part of the stick horse race for ages 2-4. Bring your own stick horse or borrow one from the Ag Club. An egg drop for all ages has also been added.
The event is a fun of night of friendly competition, with cheers and a little laughter coming from the audience. 
The Ranch Rodeo and other Winter Horse Series events form the basis of an event management class for Walters State agriculture students. Students gain valuable experience and have the chance to meet and work with agriculture businesses and leaders throughout the region. Over $100,000 in scholarship funds have been raised since the series began 13 years. 
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students 7-17. Children six and under get in free. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Tera Bunch Howerton at

CUTLINE: Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State Community College, was a surprise guest entry in the cowhide race at last year’s Ranch Rodeo. This year’s rodeo is 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine.