LWRWC at the Arcadia Rodeo – The “Granddaddy of Em’ All”
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club members, husbands, and friends enjoyed a wonderful time at Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo held at the Mosaic Arena in Arcadia on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
The 2020 rodeo, referred to as the 92nd “Granddaddy of Em’ All,” entertained the spectators, with exciting competitions that included bareback bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.
The annual Arcadia All Florida Championship, Florida’s oldest Rodeo, brings millions of dollars to the local economy and draws the best professional rodeo cowboy athletes from all over the United States.
Janet Dobbs, LWRWC Recording Secretary, summed up the event with a poetic overview. Janet said “For me, it was an education. Outside the arena the city came alive with music, great food and drinks, and shopping, shopping, shopping!!”
“As I entered the arena, I did not expect a clean, cool, and covered area – and that red clay/sand mix was beautiful against the backdrop of steel. Within the walls of the arena, it was obvious that the coronavirus had some effect on attendance, but everyone was having a great time watching team roping, tie-downs, barrel racing and bull riding! “
” I was amazed at the talent of the cowboy and cowgirl athletes, and the skillful work of the spotters as they rounded up and directed horses, calves, and sheep. It was such a well-organized event and perhaps that was due, in part, to the incredible number of community volunteers that give up their hours and days to support the rodeo.”
” My seat mates were the 2019 DeSoto County Watermelon Queens, Kendall Prescott and Willow Waters. They told me of all the incredible pageant work they do year-round to qualify and win the pageant and then represent the watermelon industry.”
” After today, I can officially declare….this is not my first rodeo!”
LWRWC Program Chairs Sharon Wright, Regina Napoli and Monique Govostes coordinated the outing, one of the trips in the “off-the-ranch” series. Like Janet, from now on all the attendees can honestly say “this is not their first rodeo!”