SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – After years apart, the Mid-South Fair and the Rodeo of the Mid-South are together again.
That’s a major plus for fair-goers and rodeo fans, which can enjoy all the family fun that comes with the overall experience.
“One of the things that makes our rodeo special is the fact that this year its back with the fair,” said Lecile Harris, organizer of the annual rodeo, set for set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Landers Center in Southaven. “I moved the dates of the rodeo from April back to September so it could be with the fair.
“It’s indoors at one of the most up-to-date venues. It’s a beautiful coliseum, and it’s got all the sound, electronics and light show to help make for great production of the rodeo.”
It all adds to the mix of the rodeo, which will be produced by the crew of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, one of the top companies in professional rodeo. Each of the past two seasons, the Carr firm has been nominated as stock contractor of the year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Last year, Carr earned contractor of the year honors in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
“I have so much confidence in Pete Carr and his company that once they drive up and once the crew goes to work, I don’t have to worry about that part of the rodeo,” said Harris, a longtime rodeo clown that has been named PRCA clown of the year four times; he also is enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
“I don’t have to worry about the production of the rodeo once. I never have to worry about his crew, and I don’t have to worry about the stock. He’s got some of the best livestock in rodeo. I know when Pete and his crew get here, it’s going to be first class and everything’s going to be done right.”
That is a winning formula for rodeo fans and the cowboys and cowgirls who make a living in the sport. The Mid-South Rodeo falls on the final weekend of the 2015 regular season, making Southaven an even bigger destination for contestants all vying to finish among the top 15 in each event to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I think a lot of the cowboys that are on the bubble (for making the NFR) will show up in Southaven,” Harris said.
A key ingredient will be the Carr animals. Each of the past two season, no other stock contractor in the PRCA has had more animals selected to the year-end championship, which takes place in December in Las Vegas.
That kind of animal athletes makes rodeos like Southaven an important stop along the rodeo trail.
“Pete’s got an eye for horses, and he’s surrounded himself with people who know what they’re talking about,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a six-time NFR from Heflin, La. “You want to go to Pete’s rodeos, because you’re going to get on something.”
When it’s mixed in with a strong production, a modern facility and great rodeo action, it’s the perfect home for fans.