Time to rodeo!

By Allison Woodham / allison@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/24/16

The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo will take place for the 19th year on Thursday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the City of Foley Horse Arena. Cowboys and cowgirls are ready to demonstrate for the crowd bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and much more.

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Time to rodeo!

Capt. Mark Robinson
Posted

It’s that time of year again; time to rodeo!
The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo will take place for the 19th year on Thursday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the City of Foley Horse Arena. Cowboys and cowgirls are ready to demonstrate for the crowd bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and much more.
This event, historically attracting over 9,000 spectators, is the main fundraiser and support of the Peer Helper programs in Baldwin County. This program has grown to provide training for over 100 teachers and counselors, support 50 Peer Helper programs in 47 schools — serving pre-K through 12th grade — and present the annual National Peer Program Conference and Peer Helper Jubilee.
“The Peer Helpers serve their fellow students as mentors, tutors, confidants and friends,” said Allison Faircloth, executive director of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation. “Having an encouraging person you can relate to and talk with is extremely valuable to anyone, especially our youth today. In addition to one-on-one support, Peer Helpers lead campus-wide campaigns including Red Ribbon Week activities, Kindness Week and internet safety.”
A new event this year for downtown Foley is the Rodeo Kick-Off Party. This year’s Kick-Off Party sponsor is Caldwell, Wenzel & Asthana, and will feature live music by Brittany Bell and catering by LA BBQ. All of the entertainment will take place at Bryant Bank in Foley and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Tickets for the Rodeo Kick-Off Party are $50 per person and include rodeo admission.
“The rodeo is the major fundraiser of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation and we are thrilled to add a Kick-Off Party this year,” Faircloth said. “We feel like this event will enhance the entire rodeo experience for the community and have a significant positive impact for Peer Helper Program funding throughout Baldwin County.”
Free Kid’s Zone activities begin at 6 p.m. and include face painting, coloring tattoos, bouncy houses, inflatable obstacle course and games. Horseback rides Thursday and Friday are compliments of Oak Hollow Farm and will be from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Other free events throughout the week include:
July 28: Rodeo Queens’ Horsemanship Contest at 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: Warm-Up Barrel Race; exhibition at 5 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.
Aug. 6: Benefit Barrel Race; exhibition at 8 a.m.; show at 10 a.m.
The rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. each night. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and younger.
Tickets are sold in advance at the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation at 819 N. McKenzie St. in Foley, Summerdale Western Store on Highway 59 in Summerdale and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance at 315 E. Laurel Ave. in Foley. Tickets are also available each night at the gate of the Rodeo.