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The Largest Outdoor Rodeo East of the Mississippi to be held May 20-21

Decatur, Ala. –  Plenty of rodeo action is expected to hit the dirt in the north Alabama town of Athens the third weekend in May. The 40th annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is set for May 20-21, 2022, and along with two days of high impact rodeo competition, organizers look to engage the community by offering several family-friendly events in the week leading up to the rodeo.

Rodeo week kicks off Monday, May 16, 2022, with a street dance on the Limestone County Courthouse Square at 6 p.m. Slated to perform is Tomcat and Bark the Dawg. Slack competition for team roping contestants and contestant overflow will take place at the arena located on Alabama Highway 99 on Thursday, May 19. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m. Admission is $5. The Special Needs Rodeo will take place Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the arena. This rodeo is for community individuals with special needs.

Rodeo main events are scheduled for May 20 and 21. Gates open at 6 p.m. both nights with competition starting at 8 p.m. Competitive events lined up for both nights include bareback bronc riding, calf roping, break-away roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. As cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money, the crowd is also entertained with professional rodeo clowns including International Professional Rodeo Association Barrelman Mighty Mike Wentworth in action as well as specialty act Bobby Kerr, wild mustang trainer and extraordinaire; chuck wagon races and other performers. 

Daily ticket prices are adults $15 (advance) or $17 (gate) and children 12 years and under $10 (advance) or $12 (gate). Tickets may be purchased in advance at Limestone County Sheriff’s office and online at 

The Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is produced by the Lone Star Rodeo Company and is held at the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena located on Alabama Highway 99 west of Athens. All proceeds are used to purchase equipment for the Limestone County Sheriff’s office. Call 256.232.0111 or visit for more information.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston.  Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting