June 9-- A professional rodeo to benefit activities at Toombs County High School is Friday and Saturday nights at the Toombs Agri-Center Arena on Quint Shrine Road behind the high school.
Lifetime cowboy Jerry Olson from Auburn, Nebraska is with the rodeo and promises two-hours of excitement. "They'll see fast-paced barrell racing, bull riding, bareback and bronc riding, calf roping and bulldogging. The clown for the kids and they'll have entertainment for the women like the little horse and trick roping. There'll be about everything there is in rodeo there to see," he promises.
Olsen has had both knees replaced after a life of steer wrestling and admits rodeo is no place for the faint-hearted.
"Anytime you deal with animals, whether on a ranch or in the rodeo, there's always a chance of getting hurt because they weigh a lot and they've got a lot of power," he says.
Olsen now leaves the rough events to the younger cowboys, but brings a miniature horse named Scout and a golden Palamino named "JB" to the arena. He says the yellow horse is unique.
"He works on voice and hand commands. I talk to him and he does what I tell him to do. I tell him to walk and he walks, canter and he canters, switches directions. He has nothing on him while I'm working him loose and I also ride him without a bridle. At the end of the act, I take and jump him in the back of the truck while it's sitting still and then he jumps in the back with it moving, so he's unique and different," Olsen says.
Gates open at six and the rodeo starts at eight both nights. Proceeds go to the Toombs County High School volleyball team and the school's yearbook staff.