Donít be left in the stable: Itís Rodeo time in Franklin!
By Derby Jones, Publisher
Derby Jones, Publisher
The 64th annual Franklin Rodeo starts tonight, but for Bill Fitzgerald and the rodeo committee this rodeo started last year. Bill starts putting the show together even before the previous year’s show is done. Members of the rodeo committee start meeting early in the fall to discuss the plans for the next annual spring event.
Tonight through Saturday, you will get to see the fruits of their labor.
This event is no easy feat. It takes more than 150 Rotarians in addition to countless volunteers to pull this off. These folks are working tirelessly to bring you one of the oldest and best traditions in the county. As a Franklin Noon Rotary club member I am proud to say this is the best fundraiser in the area, hands down.
Bill Fitzgerald is the club’s Rodeo director and works at this job full time, even though he has another full-time job as a Franklin firefighter. In fact, almost all of the one dozen committee members have full-time jobs, but these folks are passionate about improving upon each year’s rodeo. They work closely with Bill to put on this professional event and bring it to you like a well-oiled machine.
Shortly after joining the Franklin Noon Rotary club in 2007, I experienced the rodeo for the first time. Yes, it was my first rodeo! I had no idea how much hard work went into this event. But after seeing 100-plus Rotarians come together for more than three days and view the quality show that was and is produced, I, and many others, immediately feel a sense of pride. I have been hooked ever since that first show in May 2007. My two children and their friends felt the same way after they attended that first rodeo – their plans are made well in advance to attend the next one.
I still don’t tout myself a rodeo expert but I know more now than I did six years ago. There is still much to learn, I admit. But this much I do know: for the cost of the ticket, its the best entertainment value going. You and your family will have fun and all the money raised goes back to local charities. That is why we have the best tradition in the county.
It’s Rodeo time – don’t be left in the stable. Come on out to the Ag Park this weekend and experience the Rodeo for yourself. Bring your family and your friends. You won’t regret it.
Posted on: 5/16/2013