The second go-around

Agri-center to host 2nd annual charity rodeo on March 1, 2019.

The DeKalb County Shrine Club is hosting its second annual Shrine Rodeo at the DeKalb Agri-Business Center March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The local club is a part of the Alhambra Shrine Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Shriners International. The annual Rodeo helps raise money for the organization.

As stated in the, Shriner chapters began in the late 1800s and had grown to become an international brotherhood with thousands of clubs worldwide dedicated to principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

“The Shriners founded the first Shriners Hospital for Children in 1922 to help with the polio epidemic,” said Shrine member Gerald Smith.

Smith said, since then, the organization has expanded to a remarkable health system with 22 facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Also noted on the Shriners International website, the hospitals are funded through donations from Shriners and the general public. These donations help the hospitals care for children without placing a financial burden on the families.

The 2019 annual rodeo, which is organized under the Professional Cowboy Association, will feature, “Wild Thang,” Tim Lepard and Team Ghost Riders.

The Professional Cowboy Association event is produced by 4L & Diamond S Rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 through 11 and free for kids age 5 and younger. For more information about the rodeo, call 256-717-6263.

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