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The Greatest Show on Dirt Will Take Place May 14-15

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 39th year, the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is set for May 14-15, 2021, 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 at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 6 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 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 ticket prices are adults $15 (advance) or $17 (gate) and children 12 years and under $10 (advance and gate). Tickets may be purchased in advance at Limestone County Sheriff’s office and online at 

Three rodeo-themed activities are also slated for the week leading up to the weekend competition. A parade takes to the streets on Saturday, May 8th at 11 a.m. The parade route will travel from the Arena on Highway 99, into Athens on Market Street to the Courthouse square, turn north on Jefferson Street and continue to Elm Street, turn west on Elm Street and return to the Arena. The Rodeo Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, May 10th at the Arena. The free event offers kid’s activities and horseback rides. Everyone is invited to a street dance and fashion show on Tuesday, May 11th at 6 p.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse Square. A slack competition for team roping contestants and contestant overflow is scheduled for Thursday, May 13th. Gates open at 8 a.m. and admission is $5 per person.

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