The annual Efland Ruritan Club Rodeo, hosted by the Efland Ruritan Club, is scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, after a two-year hiatus.
Tim Sukow, president of the Efland Ruritan Club, said this is the 27th year the rodeo will take place. He said the rodeo will include the same events as previous years, including bull riding, bronc horse riding and barrel racing.
“It’s a professional rodeo and there are professional contestants in it that work to get points for our national ratings,” said Sukow.
The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 3009 Forrest Ave in Efland.
Dana Zoy, a member of the Efland Ruritan Club, said turnout for the rodeo is usually high — around 4,000 to 5,000 people have come each night in past years.
Zoy said the bull riding, horse riding and small pony rides give the event a feel similar to that of a carnival. The rodeo will also have a rodeo clown, who protects riders who were thrown off the bull and also entertains the crowd.
“The rodeo clown is a big hit with the people,” he added. “It’s not just cowboys and horses, it turns out to be a pleasurable family affair.”
The rodeo is also an opportunity to fundraise for the Efland community. Proceeds from the event go to charitable causes, including scholarships for students attending local high schools and financial support for families in need.
“I think it’s around $5,000 worth of scholarships every year, and we reinvest some of our money back into our properties, like fixing up community buildings,” said Anthony Cecil, the vice president of the Efland Ruritan Club.