ENNIS — This year’s Cowboy Christmas will look a lot different than years past, but Ennis Rodeo organizers are doing their part to make sure a hometown tradition stays alive.
“We’ve had overwhelming support for the whole rodeo from everybody," said Ennis Rodeo president Chief Croy. "The businesses in town really need it and we’ve been getting a lot of encouragement from them and everyone else.”
Safety plans are still being discussed between rodeo organizers and the Madison County board of health, but Croy is confident that the plans they will put into place, along with strong support from the community, will hopefully change the opinions of those not fully confident in hosting this event. The rodeo is scheduled for July 3 and 4.
“There’s been a lot of support. A lot of people don’t agree with all of it, but that’s the way it goes," said Croy. "But I sure hope this sparks the rest of the state and gets all the sports rolling before the high school and college seasons roll around.”
Despite current conditions this NRA-sanctioned event will still offer roughly $11,000 in total prize money, making this rodeo a "must go-to" for up-and-coming rodeo stars.
Rodeo organizers will even have mini bucking bulls for the younger riders. Those will take place an hour before the rodeo begins each day.