Rodeo Parade begins at 1 p.m. today

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

BONIFAY — It’s that time again — the time of year that brings anywhere between 17,000 to 50,000 people to Bonifay.

It’s time for Northwest Florida’s largest rodeo and event, the 69th annual Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo.

“We’ve got a variety of shows lined up that is going to be good,” said Rodeo Chairman Charlie Lawry. “We’ve got our new Stock Contractor, 4L & Diamond S Rodeo Co. and number of special guests including Announcer Jerry Todd, Clown and Barrelman Lecile Harris, Bull Fighters Matt Baldwin and Buddy Bush and Specialty Acts Gena Cox, Melody McCray and Jessica Blair. We’ve also got Kevin Matais on the scoreboard and Mark Evans on sound.”

Lawry confirmed that the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo held in Bonifay every October was the largest rodeo in this part of the country.

“Most rodeos in this area go for two days tops but to go for three days straight is rare for this area,” he said. “This rodeo is also nationally known for its grass and Grand Entry. The only other grass arena is in Oregon.”

Grass had its advantages and disadvantages, explained Lawry.

“A lot of riders and participants don’t like grass because there’s not as much grip as dirt, that’s why barrel racing isn’t done as much as it use to at the rodeo,” he said. “Personally I like it because I find it more of a challenge and I like a good challenge.”

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