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Ole Brook Pro Rodeo is riding into town

Two youngsters will walk away from the Ole Brook Pro Rodeo this weekend with buckles for bustin’ a mutton, while an adult might drive away in a new 2018 Dodge Ram.

Those that do neither can still enjoy the sights and sounds of an event that was named the 2015 New Rodeo of the Year by the Tri-State Rodeo Association.

The rodeo is Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Civic Center. Gates open nightly at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate and $14 advance for adults, $12 at the gate and $10 advance for kids 6 to 10 and free to kids 5 and under. Advance tickets are available at Brookhaven Music & Sound, Co-Lin Feed & Seed, any local FFA members and Franklin County cheerleaders.

Mutton Bustin’ is held nightly at 6 p.m.  Entry is $10 and the contest is open to children 9 and under. Riders must register by 5:30 p.m. at the concession stand, Lincoln Civic Center director Quinn Jordan said.

“The kids get to ride sheep and they hold on for a certain amount of time. They’re judged and the kids with the best ride and have the judges’ highest score win,” he said. “We have kids driving from Madison to do it.”

Winners receive a buckle and a T-shirt.

A bicycle will be given away each night, too.

“We’ll call for the kids and they’ll come out and chase a calf around the arena,” he said.

Whoever manages to snag the ribbon from the calf’s tail is declared the winner.

A 2018 Dodge Ram is up for grabs as well. Jordan said an individual’s name will be drawn each night for a chance to kick a football into a bucket.

Jordan is expecting good weather and a good crowd for the two-day event. Half of the proceeds are used for operations at the Lincoln Civic Center. The other half goes to organizer Jennifer Calhoun, of Brookhaven, who uses it to fund a missionary trip to Honduras at Christmas to take supplies and gifts, Jordan said.

Other performers at the rodeo include Dusti Crain-Dickerson, a trick rider from Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and circus clown Trent “Barrel Man” McFarland.