We had a little bit of rain last Wednesday. I did not have an actual measurement but it was very spotted. We were too far west, or as they say, on the dry side, of the hurricane for it to do us any good.
The weather cooperated just fine for the Elm Grove rodeo last weekend. There were large crowds all three nights. I heard the announcer say there were 108 horses in the Grand Entry Thursday night.
Some were asking just how long we have been having the rodeo. According to my notes, the first rodeo was held in 1960. The original Elm Grove Roping Club was organized in 1950 or ’51 with 27 charter members. They were: Jesse and Andy Cummings, Charles Beakley, Junior Evans, Rooster Holland, Ray Weatherman, Hilmer Kruckemeyer, Sim Gamblin, Philip Smith, Clifton Turner, Chester Penn, Earl Stoner, Taylor Duncan, Paul Bourn, James Moore, Clifford Funderburk, Barney Edmondson, Homer Edmondson, Ted Wright, Elgin Dennis, Lester Akins, Archie Miller, Orville Egger, Alfred McBride, John Thorman, John McAden, and Tommy Miller. Andy Cummings and Junior Evans are the only two living members according to my notes. If this is not right, please let me know and we will correct it.
Four generations of the Archie Miller family have carried on the rodeo tradition here in Elm Grove. Archie and Edna’s son, Lee, his daughter, Shawna, and her two little ones were riding at the rodeo this year.
As always we were amazed at the large turnout for the rodeo. I sampled the barbecue Saturday afternoon and thought it was very good. The Wayne Gossett family and crew was in charge of the food concessions and the Jerald Weatherman family and helpers were in charge of the drink stand. Every thing seemed to go off really well.
I will have to try to get some results for the horseshoe and washer pitching tournaments that went on through the day Saturday.
We send out a big “Thank You” to each and every one of you who helped in any way to make the rodeo a huge success once again. We’ll be looking for you at the next rodeo August 6,7 & 8, 2009.
Philip Teague was home visiting his parents, Carroll and Nelda Teague, and attending the rodeo.
Melissa Evans also made it to the rodeo with her parents. Some one said that is part of the fun,visiting with all the home folks who come back for the rodeo.
The community meeting will be this Saturday night, the 16th, at 7:30. Hope you can attend.
Let’s remember to be careful in the heat and keep on praying for rain. One of the old timers said we will get some just as soon as this dry spell is over!