CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Cowboys and cowgirls are saddling up for this year's Chambers County Sheriff's Rodeo for children and adults with special needs.
Close to 700 students from Russell, Lee, Randolph and Chambers counties along with a few hundred volunteers gathered at the arena.
From train rides to face painting, miniature golf and milking a cow, hundreds of children and adults with special needs enjoyed a special day at the rodeo created just for them.
"Blessed to come up here and see these people having a good time, enjoying things, the smile on their faces...can't say enough about it," said Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart.
Dusty Myers, a famous rodeo clown, and hundreds of volunteers made it their mission to make sure a good time was had by all.
"So blessed to come out and be a part of this, just thankful for all the volunteers that makes it happen, it's just a pleasure to be here," Myers said.
"It's so much fun to show the kids how to milk a cow, sit on a horse and hear a turkey gobble and see the lambs," added Phil Slay with the volunteer petting zoo.
After the petting zoo and carnival, spectators climbed into the stands and were treated to cowboys and cowgirls performing just for them.
"He does so much for us and for him to do all this special for these guys, it's great and he doesn't know how much we appreciate it," said Heather Coker with Valley Haven School.
The rodeo kicks off a weekend of events in Chambers County. The public is invited to attend on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 starting at 7 p.m. CST.
All proceeds benefit the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.