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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381



Saddle Up! The Greatest Show on Dirt East of the Mississippi to be held May 19-20

Decatur, Ala. (April 12, 2023) –  Plenty of rodeo action is expected to hit the dirt in the north Alabama town of Athens next month. The 41st annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is set for May 19-20, 2023, 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 at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 with a street dance on the eastside of the Limestone County Courthouse Square and live music by Section 8 band. In addition to dancing and music, restaurants and merchants around the downtown area will be open for business. Slack competition for team roping contestants and contestant overflow will take place at the arena located on Alabama Highway 99 on Thursday, May 18. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m. Admission is $5. The annual Exceptional Needs Rodeo will take place Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the arena. This rodeo is specifically for community individuals with special needs.

The main events of the rodeo are scheduled for May 19 and 20. 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 acts, chuck wagon races and other performers.

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