Alpharetta’s Western Side Takes Center Stage With Celebrate Freedom Rodeo
It is time to head ’em up and move ’em out! Mark your calendar for May 11 and 12 at the Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta for the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo, hosted by Travis Young in partnership with the City of Alpharetta’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services Department and Bar W Rodeo Company. It brings a taste of the west to Alpharetta with fan-favorite, traditional rodeo events and exceptional family-friendly entertainment. A rodeo isn’t something you see every day, especially in downtown Alpharetta! This is an excellent opportunity to witness world-class athletes up-close in an open-air, covered arena venue.
“It’s a traditional rodeo,” said Travis Young, the event’s organizer. “It’s got all the events like, saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Our competitors will come from all over the Southeast. It’s a family-friendly place to bring your children, and there is a little something for everybody.”
Beyond the standard rodeo competitions, there are high-energy performers like the Wild Together Trick and Roman Riders, a sister-duo trick-riding act. Mechanical bulls will be on-hand should you feel the need to express your inner
cowboy. Bungee jumping, rope climbing, a rock wall and other activities will be inside the gates to keep the little ones entertained. Vendor booths will be selling a variety of western wear for souvenirs. A wide array of traditional fair food
favorites like funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and great barbeque, provided by Shane’s Rib Shack, will be available for purchase.
At the heart of it all, of course, are the athletes. The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is a sanctioned event of the National Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association. The NCPRA has made a commitment to maintain the highest standard possible with regards to animal treatment, cowboy personnel, stock quality and fairness to competitors. If you have never attended a rodeo, it doesn’t take long to witness and respect the high-level of skill and bravery that goes into the sport from the competitors.
“The performers will give their all. To me, the rodeo is like the original extreme sport… this is the original X-Games,” Young said. “You have the rodeo athlete and the animal athlete…
The bulls and the broncos… they are athletes too.
These animals are well taken care of. There is a lot of technology that goes into their care and they get top notch treatment.”
The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is more than just a rodeo; it is cultural immersion with a wide range of activities planned over the two-day period. The setting is unique with the equestrian center seated inside the 120-acre Wills Park greenspace in Downtown Alpharetta, providing a beautiful backdrop for the weekend’s event, and close proximity (walking distance, actually) to world-class cuisine and unique shopping experiences along Main Street.
The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is a rain or shine event. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m., with the rodeo beginningat 8 p.m. both days.