Town gears up for Whip Crackin Rodeo

From Post staff reports

In another 10 days Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agricultural Center is going to take on the appearance of a bucking bronco festival.

On the weekend of April 16 and 17, the Ward Agricultural Center will be the host site of what’s being billed as the First Annual Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo.

Sharing the spotlight with the rodeo at the fairgrounds earlier in the day on Saturday will be the return of Lebanon’s Dumplin Day Events, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Both events, the rodeo and Dumplin Day, are expected to attract hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the Lebanon area.

The Whip Crackin’ Rodeo is being produced by a handful of volunteers and is chaired by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.

The purpose behind the rodeo is to help replenish some of the funds that have been depleted or taken from a number of local charities and nonprofit organizations as a result of the ailing economy.

The principal sponsors of the rodeo are Burchett Lincoln Mercury/Ford, Wilson Bank and Trust, and Rose Tire Company.

The rodeo begins both Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. The Dumplin Day event before the rodeo on Saturday runs from noon until 5 p.m.

The charge for admission to the rodeo is $10 in advance for adults and $15 at the gate, and $8 in advance for children 12 and under and $10 at the gate.

Tickets for the rodeo may be purchased in advance from any of the three sponsors named or at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office, 149 Public Square.

For more information about the rodeo or Dumplin Day, call the Chamber of Commerce at 444-5503.