Pearl River County’s Annual Rodeo Attracts Crowds Once Again

Published 11:49 pm Monday, June 10, 2024

The annual “Thunder in the Pearl” Rodeo, a longstanding tradition in Pearl County, commenced its latest iteration over the weekend, attracting families from nearby and distant areas for a display of cowboy skills and entertainment.

Established in 2008, the rodeo has become a fixture in the community, providing a family-friendly environment for attendees of all ages. The county administration supports this tradition by distributing complimentary tickets to all students up to the 6th grade, promoting family participation.

With a rich history in the rodeo circuit, both locally and nationally, Pearl County takes pride in its rodeo heritage. Despite logistical challenges, the rodeo committee ensures a smooth operation, with an estimated budget of approximately $20,000 spanning two days.

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While “Thunder in the Pearl” Rodeo offers attractions aimed at families, such as the calf scramble where children chase after calves for prizes, it also functions as a sanctioned Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event. Contestants compete vigorously for prizes, striving to improve their rankings and earn national recognition.

The rodeo features a variety of events showcasing participants’ talents across different rodeo disciplines. From Bull Riding to Tie Down Roping and Barrel Racing, spectators witness displays of athleticism and skill.

Reggie Purvis, a familiar figure at the rodeo, provides entertainment with his humor, adding to the lively ambiance of the event.