Rodeo coming to county nearly sold outJune 3, 2021
By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
HUNTINGBURG — Bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing, oh my!
Many familiar events are returning to Dubois County this summer after a year of COVID-19 cancellations. There are also new events coming to town, such as the Boots and Bulls rodeo and concert on Saturday.
The rodeo, organized by Rally Point Events, will be at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds and will include National Federation Professional bull riding and an acoustic concert by country music singer Deana Carter.
Rally Point Events President Lance Yearby said the event is going to be two-and-a-half hours of nonstop activity. Although this is the first time the nonprofit is organizing a rodeo in Dubois County, it’s already almost sold out.
“I’m already calling it a successful event,” Yearby said. “This just tells us that this is what people in the area wanted.”
The bull riding will be the main event, but Yearby said the mutton bustin' — where kids 8 and under can ride sheep and compete to stay on the longest — should be a popular activity, too.
“It’s probably one of the best parts of the rodeo for parents or grandparents to see their kid out there riding a sheep,” he said. “It’s just a comical kind of thing.”
After the rodeo, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Deana Carter will give a “very special performance,” said Rally Point Events' Amanda Tempel, chairperson of the event. The concert, presented by Visit Dubois County Inc., will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of Carter’s first album.
“She’s going to be telling the stories behind the songs and kind of going into all those exciting things that happened in her career during the '90s, as well as singing some new stuff,” Tempel said.
All proceeds from the event will support local veterans, including a job fair that will be held on Veterans Day 2021.
Yearby started Rally Point Events, a nonprofit that organizes events to support veterans in the Tri-State area, a few years ago. The Heritage Hills High School alumnus is an Iraq veteran himself.
“The war in Iraq has gone on for 20 years,” he said, “and the proceeds have kind of dried up and funds aren’t like they used to be.”
Through a new mission called Combat Boots to Work Boots, the nonprofit will host the job fair and will also provide haircuts, dental work and shoes to local veterans looking to return to the workforce.
Yearby said tickets to the rodeo are limited and are expected to sell out before Saturday. If there are tickets available at the gate on the day of the event, an announcement will be posted on the DC Boots and Bulls Facebook page.
The event is presented by Indiana Army National Guard and is a partnership with the Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana, WITZ, WQKZ and Radio JUAN. Admission is $20 with children 8 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at www.DCBootsAndBulls.com.
The schedule of events is:
4 p.m.: Gates open
4 to 4:45 p.m.: Evan Massey performs
5 p.m.: Rodeo and awards ceremony by Rafter 7p Production
7 p.m.: Acoustic Deana Carter concert
9 to 11 p.m.: After party featuring Jimmy Detalent and the Electric Revival
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