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June 24, 2013

Ardmore Police & Reserves Rodeo coming soon

— A rodeo, started in 1992 by the late Police Chief William “Doc” Oliver and a number of Ardmore reserves, is fast approaching.

The 21st annual Ardmore Police & Reserves Rodeo is slated for Aug. 2-3 at John Barnes Park in Ardmore, Tenn. Rodeo action will start at 8 p.m.

“As many people know, Doc was determined to make Ardmore’s rodeo a success and he did with the help of many throughout the years,” said one event organizer, Sonya Mitchell. “He stayed involved until his retirement.”

Mitchell said the rodeo is the Ardmore Police Reserves main fundraising event. “These reserve officers donate their time for free to help add extra patrol time for the safety of the community,” she said. “Funds from the rodeo are used to support the reserve officers as well as to provide much-needed equipment and equipment maintenance for the entire Ardmore Police Department.”

Through the years, funds have been used to purchase various equipment including uniforms, radios, police vests and training, to name a few.

Rodeo funds have also paid for two reserve officers to attend the police academy and both have been hired by the Ardmore Police Department, according to Mitchell. Out of eight officers employed by the department, seven are former reserves.

Mitchell said the rodeo has grown over the years. “We hope to continue for many more,” she said.

Some new additions to this year’s rodeo include new trophies and extra goodies for Miss Ardmore in the Rodeo Queen Contest, a hospitality tent for rodeo contestants and workers and a Kids Zone. The Kids Zone will open at 6 p.m. both nights and will feature a petting zoo, pony rides, a dunking booth and face painting by members of the Ardmore Girls & Boys Club. Members of the military will also be on-site with a Hummer H3 with video games and a military flight simulator.

Annual Ardmore rodeo T-shirts, sizes youth small to adult 3XL, and airbrushed tags will be on sale.

Saddle tickets are also being sold. The cost for a chance is $3.

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