Southeastern Livestock Exhibition Rodeo holds first Rodeo Day Parade

IMG_8359Horses, ponies and people marched in front of the Capitol Building in downtown Montgomery on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the 59th Annual Southeastern Livestock Exhibition‘s first Rodeo Day Parade. Rodeo organizers hope to make the parade an annual event.

“To be able to start something new and allow the youth of today to be involved in it and start their traditions, it’s a really important thing and I think it’s going to be really good for us,” said SLE Rodeo President Thomas Ellis.

Rodeo employees like the McFarland family want everyone to know this is an event to bring the entire family to see. Kent McFarland has been clowning around for as long as he can remember.

“My dad was a rodeo clown, so I grew up doing it. And it’s a great job,” McFarland said. “You know, you travel around the country making people laugh. Couldn’t think of a better way to make a living.”

Now, McFarland includes his entire family in the show, with wife Wendy riding her horse in to start the rodeo and young sons growing up around the animals. He said the rodeo is the best place for a family to be.

“Couldn’t do it without the family,” he said. “It’s one sport where, you know, it’s truly a family friendly event. There’s not too many things you can take a whole family to and let everyone enjoy, whereas rodeo is geared towards family entertainment.”

A family is always welcome to come and experience something they might not see anywhere else.

“Well, people seem to almost forget because we have so much entertainment at home now, is that this is really first class entertainment,” Ellis said. “It’s right here in Montgomery right now, they’re going to have the best livestock and best cowboys. So you don’t get to see that on TV, you’ll see that here.”

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