The annual 4L Ranch Home Rodeo has brought scores of the top cowboys and cowgirls from all over the Southeast to southern Chattooga County this weekend. The event began Friday night and concludes tonight at the Lowry arena on Farmersville Road just south of Summerville. Gates open each night at 6 p.m. with the event beginning at 8 p.m.
The traditional series of events is scheduled again tonight including bull riding, bareback horse riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. Admission is $10 for children and $15 for adults.
Charlie Lowry is a legend on the rodeo circuit, a three-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He won the prestigious All-Around Cowboy award at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, one of the largest rodeo spectacles in the country. In more recent years, Lowry has been a professional stock contractor and has partnered with Diamond S Ranch in Texas to develop some of the most ornery bucking bulls in the business.
Tim Lepard and his Team Ghost Riders — tiny capuchin monkeys saddled up on the backs of border collies — will be back to entertain the crowd again this year.
4L Rodeo hosts a full range of professional rodeo events each year along with scholastic rodeos and rough stock schools each year.
The event in Chattooga County this weekend is part of the 2017 Saddle Series which will include the Silver Hill rodeo on Big Texas Valley Road to be held Aug. 4-5.