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Rain and shine! Boots & Roots Rodeo packs ‘em in again this year

The Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Boots & Roots Rodeo, held this past Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24 at the Chris Thomas Arena, was a rip-roaring success – despite Saturday’s flooding rains and high winds. The annual rodeo is a rain or shine event; however, the rain part had never been put to the test until this year. The first class, fully covered Thomas arena graciously made available each year by Chris and Kay Thomas, kept everything high and dry, and right on schedule for the show to go on with weather interruption.

Justin Thigpen and his T-T Rodeo Company out of Waycross put on probably the best and most competitive rodeo in the event’s five-year history.  A packed-house audience each night was entertained with state, regional and world champion cowboys and cowgirls competing in eight of the world’s most action packed events which included bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, cowgirls break away roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, cowgirls barrel racing, and the always exciting bull riding.  

The event is a fund raising vehicle for future community projects of the chamber and a percentage of any final profits are annually donated to youth organizations in Seminole County.

Chamber President Sarah Avery praised Rodeo Committee Chairman Buck Goodwin, and the entire Rodeo planning committee, for a job very well done.

“This is a fine example of teamwork making the dream work. After having to cancel the event in 2020 due to
COVID-19, this year all of the planners helped make it possible for the rodeo to return and roar back with some rowdy and entertaining gusto. Despite the weather, it was a successful event.”

Avery, on behalf of the chamber’s rodeo committee, extends a thank you to each and every person and group who played a part in making this year’s event the success it was especially this year’s rodeo partner sponsors, friends of the rodeo, and community volunteers. See a full list of the 2021 Boots & Roots Rodeo Partners on page 1B in this edition.

She also sent a special thank you to Chris and Kay Thomas, the Seminole County Commissioners, City of Donalsonville, Seminole County EMS, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Donalsonville Police Department, Seminole County Schools, Seminole Singers, Abigale Grantham, the Donalsonville Fire Department and Lt. Kolby Bush,  the vendors,  and especially the fans who filled every seat in the arena both nights.

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