Huntsville’s Black Rodeo Draws Big Crowd, Ticket Controversy

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An enormous crowd packed the Agribition Center in Huntsville on Saturday, February 18.  Hundreds cheered feverishly for what organizer's call Huntsville's first Black Rodeo.

Everyone inside the Agribition Center seemed incredibly enthusiastic for the show.

It featured an impressive grand entrance, but not everyone was lucky enough to make it inside.

Staff told WHNT News 19 the fire marshal demanded the venue closed, leaving some ticket holders outside of locked doors.

Ticket Holder Latrease Crumb says, "I was a little upset, because I didn't understand how you can sell tickets.  You normally sell tickets for the amount of people the place can hold, so that bothered me a little bit."

Organizers were not immediately available for comment.  However, staff emphasized that they were offering cash on the spot refunds for those whose tickets got denied.

Friction between the crowd that got denied and organizers was obvious, but the event inside the building proceeded with much enthusiasm from onlookers.

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