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POSTED: October 9, 2007 5:04 a.m.

The second annual Shawnee McGowan Memorial Junior Rodeo is planned for Sept. 29 at the NC Ranch in Long County.

The event is hosted every year to honor the memory of Shawnee McGowan, who was killed in a wreck in April 2006.
This past year’s rodeo raised more than $4,300 with an estimated 500 people in attendance for the fun-filled day.
Some of the competitions on tap for this year are the steers pick-up race, hollow log race, cob race, barrel race, pole bending race and the team roping competition.
There are two age brackets for each of the events, beginning with the 12 and under, and then moving into the 13-18  year-old category.
Children who attend will also be eligible to compete in a free toy scramble and a bicycle give-a-way.
The only event that will be open to adults, will be the steers scramble competition, which is where a ribbon is tied to a steer’s tail and the winner is the person who can pull the ribbon from the steer.  
The employees of the Long County School System, along with their spouses, will be the entrants for this entertainment.  The lucky person who manages to get the ribbon will win an all-expense paid weekend for two at Jekyll Island.
Proceeds from the rodeo will go to the Long County High School and Walker Middle School football teams for the purchasing of uniforms.
In addition to that, a $500 scholarship will be given to a deserving Long County student in the name of Shawnee McGowan.
“Last year’s rodeo was a great success. And Alice (McGowan, Shawnee’s mother) has worked hard again this year getting most of the stuff ready for the rodeo again.” Long County High School head coach Kyle Wilson said.
The rodeo will start at 4 p.m. Saturday.

 

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