Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Cowboys and Cowgirls on the Coast this Week

There will be 300 cowboys and cowgirls on the coast this week, so let me explain how that happens. Basically our area is rural in nature with a world-class resort at the southernmost border. I've lived in this area my entire life and I love the diversity of landscape from the abundant farmland, small towns, incredible waterways that include lakes, rivers and bays and of course, the spectacular beaches. When you visit here you probably don't realize just how rural our area is because the main attraction is our beautiful beach.

As evidence of our rural roots on August 4-6 cowboys and cowgirls at the 14th Annual Professional Rodeo will thrill audiences with events such as bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and steer wrestling at the event. I realize images of cowboys and cowgirls probably don't spring to mind when planning a trip to our beautiful Alabama coast but this event certainly does create a unique opportunity to attend a real-deal rodeo while on vacation.

Proceeds from this popular event, located at the Foley Horse Arena, on Hwy. 59 across from the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, benefit the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. The rodeo is 8 p.m. nightly with a free Children's Village beginning at 7 p.m. each of the three nights. There are even free horseback rides on Saturday (Aug 6) from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

I hope you have a chance to visit our wonderful coast this weekend and also take in the sights and sounds of this unique rodeo so near the beach. You'll even find a 30% discount on vacation rental rates beginning Saturday when Early Fall season starts.