By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
HUNTINGBURG – Bull Riding, Sheep Raising & Barrel Racing, oh my god!
Many familiar events return to Dubois County this summer after a year of COVID-19 cancellations. New events are also coming to town, such as the Rodeo and the Boots and Bulls concert on Saturdays.
The rodeo, hosted by Rally Point Events, will take place at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds and will feature professional riding of National Federation bulls and an acoustic concert by country music singer Deana Carter.
Rally Point Events chairman Lance Yearby said the event will last two and a half hours of non-stop activity. Although this is the first time that the association has organized a rodeo in Dubois County, it is already almost sold out.
“I already call it a successful event,” Yearby said. “It just tells us that’s what the locals wanted.”
Bull riding will be the main event, but Yearby said sheep bustin – where kids 8 and under can ride sheep and compete to stay the longest – should also be a popular activity.
“It’s probably one of the best parts of the rodeo for parents or grandparents to watch their kid ride a sheep,” he said. “It’s just some kind of funny thing.”
After the rodeo, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Deana Carter will give a “very special performance,” said Amanda Tempel, event president, Rally Point Events. The concert, presented by Visit Dubois County Inc., will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carter’s debut album.
“She’s going to be telling the stories behind the songs and getting into all of these exciting things that happened in her career in the 90s, as well as singing new things,” Tempel said.
All proceeds from the event will support local veterans, including a career fair to be held on Veterans Day 2021.
Yearby started Rally Point Events, a non-profit organization that organizes events to support veterans in the tri-state area, a few years ago. The former Heritage Hills High School student is himself an Iraq veteran.
“The war in Iraq has been going on for 20 years,” he said, “and the revenues have kind of dried up and the funds are not the same. “
Through a new mission called Combat Boots to Work Boots, the association will host the job fair and also provide haircuts, dental care and shoes for local veterans who wish to return to the workforce.
Yearby said tickets for the rodeo are limited and are expected to sell out before Saturday. If there are tickets available at the door on the day of the event, an announcement will be posted on the DC Boots and Bulls Facebook page.
The event is presented by the Indiana Army National Guard and is a partnership with the Association of Latin Americans of Southern Indiana, WITZ, WQKZ and Radio JUAN. Admission is $ 20 with children 8 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at www.DCBootsAndBulls.com.
The program of events is as follows:
4 p.m .: doors open
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m .: Evan Massey performing
5 p.m .: Rodeo and awards ceremony by Rafter 7p Production
7 p.m .: Deana Carter acoustic concert
9 p.m. to 11 p.m .: After party with Jimmy Detalent and the Electric Revival