Rodeo stampedes into Franklin

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dust off your boots, pull on your hat, and pack up the kids! It's rodeo time in Franklin.

The 58th annual Franklin Rodeo, presented by Toyota, kicks off with rodeo competition May 17-19. Hundreds of professional cowboys and cowgirls will converge on the Williamson County Ag Center to compete in this pro rodeo, the largest one in Tennessee sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Rodeo fans can expect to see great bucking broncs and bulls, ropin'.

The 58th annual Franklin Rodeo kicks off on May 17 in the Williamson Co. Ag Center.

Between rodeo competitions, rodeo clown Robbie Hodges will provide the laughs in the arena. Hailing from Cave Creek, Georgia, Robbie is rodeo's version of stand-up comedian, as he banters with the announcer, does a sumo-wrestling act, and just generally keeps the crowd in stitches.

Pro rodeo announcer Roger Mooney, Ellijay, Georgia, will be informing, educating and entertaining fans during the rodeo as he acts as "master of ceremonies."

While fans are having fun at the rodeo, they will also be giving back to the community. All rodeo profits go to benefit causes in Williamson County. This year's beneficiaries are the Williamson Breast Health Center, Angel Heart Farms, Williamson County Literacy, and Mercy Children's Clinic. The Franklin Noon Rotary Club, which sponsors the rodeo, has hosted this non-profit event since 1949.

Tickets for the rodeo are available at The Cowboy Store 615-591-7959, on line at, or at the gate. The rodeo starts each night at 7 pm.