Rodeo to bring thousands to Harris County

Hamilton, GA (WTVM) - It is the granddaddy of all rodeos and it is right here in the Valley.

"Steer wrestling, team roping, calf tied down. This is the real thing," said Sandy Reams.  Reams is the President of the Harris County Cattleman's Association.

Winners in each event go on to the National Rodeo competition in Las Vegas.

What stays here in Harris County is the money spent by spectators during this two night event.  President of the Harris County Chamber explained, "Money that is spent here turns over about seven times in our community before it goes away.  As the person pays their hotel bill, that in turn pays someone's salary and that salary buys groceries and rent.  It just keeps turning over and over in the community."

The Harris County Cattleman's Association started a small silent auction to raise money for the Harris County 4-H. Now, almost 30 year later 10,000 people are expected to enjoy the show.

"Everybody really comes to the rodeo, not to see somebody ride a bull, but to see the bull stomp a cowboy," said Reams.

Whatever reason you attend the rodeo, the money raised goes to youth activities in the county.

The Rodeo is held at the Mike Tracey Arena in Hamilton, GA off of HWY 116.  Gates open at 6 p.m.