Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo begins Thursday

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM.

BONIFAY — Festivities for the 2012 Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo begin Thursday in Bonifay.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s rodeo,” said Bonifay Kiwanis President Bill Bullington. “It is our 58th and I hate to say it but I was there at the first one. It’s been a long road we’ve been down since it first came along.”

Bullington explained that the rodeo was a part of what made the community of Holmes County.

“It’s a big deal to this town,” he said. “You little guys don’t know it, but when I was growing up as a kid, only second to Christmas Eve was the excitement of the Rodeo coming to town was the excitement of that event.”

The Rodeo will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Memorial Field in Bonifay, with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the PRCA performances beginning at 7:30 p.m . The Ram Rodeo Series is sponsored by Bob Pforte Motors.

To show how well the rodeo fit into the social norm, Bullington informed everyone that he had a horse before he had a bicycle.

“I was riding in the parade at four and five years old on horseback,” he said. “Rodeo has been a big part of this community for a long time and we hope it grows.”

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