LIMA — Bull riders will compete in the Patriot Rodeo at the Allen County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 11, to benefit veterans service organization Hope for the Warriors.
Rodeo fans can stop by the fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. to catch some bull riding, bareback riding, bronc riding and barrel racing, all in the name of honoring first responders and veterans on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“It’s an American tradition,” said Travis Kershner, owner and operator of the Rolling Stone Rodeo Company, which is hosting the Patriot Rodeo. The sport is a unique opportunity to bring the community together to relax and enjoy “our way of life,” Kershner said.
In honor of Sept. 11, veterans and first responders will have discounted admission with proof of identification.
Families can also come out early for the cowboy experience: free pony rides, autographs from the cowboys and cowgirls of the American Rough Stock Association and a chance to learn some rope tricks at 6 p.m.