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Rodeo comes to Nash Farm Friday, Saturday

Special Photo: The 2011 Nash Battlefield Rodeo is coming to Hampton, Friday and Saturday. The event, produced by the Henry County Rodeo Association, will be held at the Nash Farm Battlefield Park.

Special Photo: The 2011 Nash Battlefield Rodeo is coming to Hampton, Friday and Saturday. The event, produced by the Henry County Rodeo Association, will be held at the Nash Farm Battlefield Park.

The Southern Crescent area is considered semi-rural, or semi-urban, depending on viewpoints, but starting today, many can take a trip back in time to the Old West.

Cowboys, bulls, and saddles will be on full display this weekend, as competitors from across the nation gather to show off their rodeo skills.

Nash Farm Battlefield, at 100 Babbs Mill Road, in Hampton, will host the 2011 Nash Battlefield Rodeo, Friday and Saturday. Gates will open at 6 p.m., on Friday, and 5 p.m., on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 in advance. Admission at the gate is $15 for ages 18 and older, $10 for ages 6 to 17, and free for ages 5 and under.

The two-day event is produced by the Henry County Rodeo Association. The group’s vice president, Michelle Eubanks, said the rodeo typically has a “great response” from area residents.

“There are anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 people per night, who come and watch it,” said Eubanks. “People started calling us in September. We’ve been taking calls since then. There are still lots of people who love the rodeo, it’s good entertainment.”

Professional and amateur riders and ropers will vie for prize money in categories that include the fast-paced barrel racing, bareback bronco riding, saddle bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and a calf scramble.

A portion of the proceeds will go to several local non-profit organizations, including the Walt Walden Scholarship Fund, named for a Georgia man who was well-known in rodeo circles prior to his death.

“He inspired a lot of men and women about the cowboy way,” said Eubanks.

The rodeo is being sponsored, for the fifth straight year, by Willett Honda South, in Morrow. Eubanks said the dealership has supported her organization in many ways over the years.

“We are thankful to have them in our corner,” she said. “We are not only excited about the new location for the rodeo, but we consider ourselves fortunate to once again have Willett Honda South as a sponsor.”

“It’s been a pleasure to be involved with the rodeo,” said Scott Willett, co-owner of Willett Honda South. “Henry County Rodeo Association does a great job organizing the event, which showcases the athleticism and competitive spirit of the participants, and is lots of fun for rodeo fans, young and old. Plus, we see it as a wonderful opportunity to help an organization that gives back to the community.”

Additional activities scheduled for the event include a fun zone with inflatables, pony rides and a rock wall.

Advance tickets are available at Willett Honda South, 6871 Mount Zion Blvd., in Morrow; Racetrack Auto and Truck, 127 Racetrack Road, in McDonough, and the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department, 96 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough.

For more information, visit www.henrycountyrodeo.com, or call (404) 702-2382.