Organizers of the 18th annual Charles B. Davis Memorial Rodeo in Ringgold are hoping to wrangle up money to help Ringgold High School continue rebuilding its athletic facilities and purchase needed athletic equipment.
Every Charles B. Davis Rodeo since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes has benefited RHS athletics. The tornado hit the football field, fieldhouse and baseball field. Since the facilities and fields have been rebuilt, most of the money is expected to go toward equipment.
"We are looking forward to a big rodeo," said event representative Chuck Gass. "Our biggest rodeo night welcomed 3,000 people. In the past we've raised as much as $10,000 at the rodeo."
Gates to the rodeo, being held at Gass' Davis Cattle Company Arena on Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 and the events start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are admitted for free. There is special seating for people in wheelchairs.
"Our spot contractor, Charlie Lowry, goes to Las Vegas every year," said Glenda Davis, wife of the late Charles Davis for whom the rodeo is named. "Lowry will choose the act and clowns and all the rodeo participants."
A clown named the Can Barrel Man Slim Gardner, of Kansas, will entertain the crowd with the "world's largest toy box," an 18-wheeler loaded with gizmos and gadgets that he uses in his acts plus a barbecue grill, a cowboy Cadillac and an airplane taxi.
"It's a lot of fun," Davis said of the overall event. "We have professional cowgirls and cowboys. I think the spectators enjoy the bull riding."
The Charles B. Davis Rodeo allows participating cowboys to compete for prize money. Each dollar they win is a point toward their standing toward nationals. Show organizer Lowry, of Summerville, has the top bull at national rodeo competitions annually, said Gass.
Sponsor Ringgold Chrysler Dodge Jeep will bring Dodge trucks for sale to display at the local rodeo. Concessions of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as well as cowboy hats and boots, scarves, buckles and shirts will be sold. Western toys and hats for children will be available too.
"It's people that love horses and cattle that show up," said Davis. "They like the bucking horses and bucking bulls, calf ropers, barrel racers, professional bull fighters and clowns."
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