PRINCETON — Thousands of people filled the grandstands, track-side and box seats, and cars to see the rodeo Tuesday night at the Gibson County Fair.
Bill Hunt, fair board vice president, said the grandstands alone hold close to 2,600 and that’s not including people sitting in their cars and other areas.
“If it fills the place up with cars, you’ve had a great night,” Hunt said
Latting Rodeo Productions featured bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, girls breakaway roping and steer wrestling.
Hunt said they are pleased with the outcome and are planning to bring another rodeo to the fair next year. “I’m almost positive, we’ll have another rodeo, next year.”
Hunt said they’ve received nothing but positive feedback. “I think everyone we’ve talked to was sincerely pleased by the show.”
Hunt said people started to expressed interest in bringing a rodeo back to the fair and they thought they’d try it out.
He said they start to look for entertainment in the fall and the beginning of the year for the next summer's fair.
Hunt said they contacted Latting Rodeo Productions, saw they had great reviews and a date available during the fair. He said they thought: We’ll give it a shot and see what happens.
Charlie Woodruff, Gibson County Fair board president, said previously that they hadn’t had a full-blown rodeo in about 20 years.
Hunt said the interest for the rodeo, back then, started to fade, but that isn’t the case now.
“It went so well,” Hunt said.
Hunt said there were locals and people from surrounding areas who participated in the rodeo.
“We do our best to put on a good event for the county and we appreciate everyone who came out and supported the fair,” Hunt said.
Hunt said as of Wednesday afternoon, Tuesday night was their busiest night, but they hope to beat that Friday night with the Ashley McBryde and Walker McGuire concert.
McBryde will perform at 9 p.m. and the duo will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Admission is $7 and track-side seating is available at an additional $10. Tickets will be available the day of the show, for two hours before the concert.