Rodeo championships return to Civic Center
SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center is home this weekend to ropes, whips, bulls, cowboys and cowgirls. That’s because the Lone Star Championship is returning for a 22nd go around.
Organizers call rodeo a “true American sport, born and raised here.” Adding they’re trying to keep the tradition alive.
The skills shown at the championships take a lifetime of work to master.
“It’s something that I’ve grown up around, it’s something that I’ve done since I was a small child,” said Lindsey Wentworth, who also goes by Cowgirl Lindsey.
As the years go by the number of people who have mastered these skills seems to get smaller and smaller.
“There’s not a lot of people who do trick roping anymore, it’s kind of a dying art. So it’s pretty exciting, I think, for the audience to see somebody that still does this,” said Wentworth. “I think the whole cowboy way of life is diminishing slowly, but especially trick-ropers, it’s such a hard art to learn. Like I said, I’ve been doing this since I was five, and I still do not have all the tricks mastered.”
We’re told several locals will be taking part in the festivities and competitions this weekend, the show seems to be a perfect fit for this agricultural region.
“Up in this area, they appreciate, because of the farming life, they appreciate our lifestyle that we do,” said Rachel Boyd, the owner of Lone Star Rodeo.
But organizers say though they do plan for these shows, you never really know what you’re going to get at these rodeos.
“We kind of have a script and how we want it to go, but when you work with animals, you never know what’s going to happen. So, they might see the show one year, but see it the next and see a totally different experience,” said Boyd.
The rodeo is over for Friday night, but the show is back on again Saturday night. The show goes on at 7:30 PM at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.