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Cowboys, Cowgirls, Bulls and Horses to Stampede into Williamson County

Tickets on sale for annual Franklin Rodeo

The Franklin Rodeo stampedes into the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Center on May 14-16 for its 66th year. The rodeo raises funds for a variety of local charities. Photo by Donn Jones.

The Franklin Rodeo stampedes into the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Center on May 14-16 for its 66th year. The rodeo raises funds for a variety of local charities. Photo by Donn Jones.

Franklin, Tenn. (March 20, 2015) – The thrills and spills of professional rodeo will stampede into the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Center May 14-16!

For the 66th consecutive year, the Franklin Rodeo “bucks” into town with all the excitement of cowboys, cowgirls, bulls and horses!

It’s so much more than three performances of rodeo, however.

The Franklin Noon Rotary Club hosts the rodeo and works hard to make it an experience for the fans. “We try to make it a fun event,” said Bill Fitzgerald, executive director of the rodeo. “We try to make it as full of exciting things and entertainment as we can. It’s not just a rodeo, it’s an experience.”

Fans are treated to the Franklin Rodeo Experience on May 13 from 6-10 pm, which is free, and includes live music, meet and greet with rodeo personalities, and a food truck corral.

The rodeo cantina is back by popular demand! Fans can relax in the cantina prior to and during the rodeo and enjoy a Pendleton Whisky cocktail or a Granite City local brew while watching the rodeo on closed circuit TV.

The entertainment for this year’s rodeo is Amanda Payne with the One Arm Bandit and Co. She will be part of each night of rodeo, as she shows her horsemanship skills, driving longhorns to the top of a custom-designed trailer. Her father, John Payne, and her brother, Lynn Payne, have entertained at the rodeo two times previous, which people have loved, Fitzgerald said.

New this year are three charities for which the rodeo will raise funds or product. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the One Generation Away food pantry on Wed. through Saturday nights. Thursday, May 14 is Grace Works night, with a portion of ticket sales from that night going to that charity. Friday, May 15 is the Man Up Crusade, with a portion of ticket sales going to the Bridges of Williamson Co. organization, a domestic abuse charity. And Saturday night, May 16, as in past years, is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, with part of ticket sales going to fight breast cancer at the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center. In the past nine years, $66,500 has been given to the Breast Health Center.

Tickets are now on sale for the rodeo, which begins at 7 pm May 14-16. Tickets range in price from $10 to $20 and are available online at FranklinRodeo.com and at the gate. Call 615-RODEO-11 for information, visit the rodeo’s website, or find the rodeo on Facebook and Twitter for more information.