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The Greatest Show on Dirt Returns to Athens May 17-18

Decatur, Ala. – Plenty of rodeo action is expected to hit the dirt in the north Alabama town of Athens the third weekend in May. Now in its 37th year, the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is set for May 17-18, 2019, 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.
Considered the largest outdoor rodeo east of the Mississippi, the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo gets underway both nights with opening ceremonies 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, kids calf scramble, cowgirl’s barrel racing, chuck wagon races, and bull riding. As cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money, the crowd is also entertained with professional rodeo clowns, chuck wagon races and other performers. 

Daily tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for 12 years and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or online at 

Three rodeo-themed activities are also slated for the week leading up to the weekend competition. The Rodeo Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13. Hosted by Preston’s Western and Outdoor Wear, located at Highway 72 and I-65 in Athens, the kickoff offers free kid’s activities and horseback rides. Everyone is invited to a street dance and fashion show on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse Square. The public is also welcome to attend the rodeo especially geared for individuals with special needs on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Arena.

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. Proceeds benefit law enforcement in Limestone County. 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