Limestone Sheriff’s Office Hosts Special Needs Rodeo

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ATHENS, Ala.(WHNT)-It was all about cowboy hats and horses this weekend in Limestone County.

The annual Limestone County Sheriff’s Special Needs Rodeo took place Sunday afternoon, bringing plenty of yee-haws, and a few smiles too.

Horseback rides, buggies, balloons and even a lasso-throwing contest were all part of the fun. Organizers said they custom-built the rodeo for children and adults who have special needs and disabilities.

“I love the way these people donate their time and their efforts to doing this for these special needs people,” said rodeo volunteer Rodney Sanders. “Some of these children are limited to where they can go. To have this kind of fun and be exposed to the Western culture, be exposed to roping and riding horses and riding these trains…it’s such a great time for these children to be exposed to this.”

The Special Needs Rodeo is an all-volunteer event, with one hundred percent of the rides and activities donated for free.

This marks the eleventh year that the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office has hosted the rodeo. The event was originally scheduled for last month, but was postponed due to bad weather.