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Public invited to the first State Sheriffs’ Association Rodeo
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Public invited to the first State Sheriffs’ Association Rodeo

Billed as the Professional Cowboy’s Association’s largest Pro Rodeo east of the Mississippi River, the inaugural Alabama Sheriffs’ Association Championship Pro Rodeo will take place in the National Peanut Festival arena Thursday through Saturday and the public is invited .







Public invited to the first state Sheriff's Association Rodeo in Dothan

Billed as the Professional Cowboy’s Association’s largest Pro Rodeo east of the Mississippi River, the inaugural Alabama Sheriffs’ Association Championship Pro Rodeo will take place in the National Peanut Festival fair arena Thursday through Saturday.


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The first-ever fundraising event, organized in partnership with the 3R Rodeo Company of Jemison, will host more than 500 competitors, including world champions, from across the country. Advance tickets are available at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds office or at www.nationalpeanutfestival.com/p/tickets. The rodeo is every evening at 7:30 PM.

Proceeds from the rodeo will go to the Alabama Sheriffs’ Foundation and the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Dothan was chosen for the rodeo debut because Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza is the president of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association, according to ASA Executive Director Jimmy Lambert.

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Featuring a full range of rodeo activities, static displays and law enforcement demonstrations, the three-day family-friendly rodeo will be streamed live and include highlights from each of the 67 county sheriffs in the state.







Alabama Sheriff's' Association adopts Dothan teen's logo design

Kaitlin Simmons of Dothan designed the logo that will be used for the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association rodeo.


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Lambert traveled to Ozark last December to honor the Dothan High School sophomore who designed the logo adopted for the fundraising event.

Kaitlin Simmons, daughter of Ozark-Dale County E-911 Executive Director Paula, and Michael Simmons, a retired state trooper, had initially created the design at the request of Dale County Sherriff Mason Bynum, who was looking for a logo to use in an advertisement for this year’s National Peanut Festival Pageant program.

“He said he wanted it to be rodeo related,” said Kaitlin Simmons, who described herself as “overwhelmed” by everything that happened next. “It’s kind of surreal,” she said after Lambert presented her with an ASA coin, an honorary membership in the ASA and tickets for her family for the entire three days of the rodeo. “When I designed it, I didn’t think it would be as big as it is today.”

Lambert said when Bynum forwarded the 15-year-old’s logo to him to design, the timing was perfect. “We were looking for a fundraiser for the association and we started looking at things we had never done before,” Lambert said. “One of them was a rodeo.”

Lambert said he met with members of the Professional Cowboys Association to discuss the feasibility of initiating what could be billed as the state’s largest rodeo, which would include all 67 sheriffs. “That was in April. In May we started thinking about a logo and, low key, Sheriff Bynum approached us with this design and we started working on it.

“No,” the DHS sophomore said when asked if she is an artist. “I’m not very good at drawing, but I’m pretty good at digital design.”