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Lone Star Rodeo to pay annual visit this weekend

The rip-roaring rodeo action of Lone Star Rodeo’s two-night season-ending championship will fill Calsonic Arena on Friday and Saturday nights.

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January 27, 2020

By JOHN I. CARNEY ~ - Shelbyville Times-Gazette

The Lone Star Rodeo has been a Shelbyville tradition since Calsonic Arena first opened three decades ago, and it will continue this weekend as the Crofton, Kentucky-based rodeo circuit holds its season-ending championship event on Friday and Saturday nights.

Rachel Fowlkes Boyd, a member of the Fowlkes family that has run Lone Star Rodeo for decades, says things are shaping up well for this weekend’s championship, which will feature the best of the best competitors from the company’s season.

“We’re excited,” said Boyd.

Boyd said this is the 71st year overall for the family-owned company, which puts on about 40 events each year across 13 states.

“That’s kind of a feat in itself,” she said.

Much to see

Doors open at 6 each evening, with the rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. Events include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, cowgirls’ breakaway roping, team roping, cowgirls’ barrel racing, and Brahma bull riding.

While a rodeo is about serious competition, it’s also got plenty of fun and spectacle. Award-winning rodeo clown Mike Wentworth will perform.

“He’s one of the best in the business,” said Boyd.

Trick riders Jessica Fowlkes and Oralee Madison will entertain as well.

Children’s activities will include a best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest and a kids’ gold rush, both for ages 10 and under.

Tickets are available at and at Russell Barnett Dodge in Winchester.

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