Cattlemen concerned with scheduling of events
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Coweta Cattlemen’s Association Rodeo is held every year on the third weekend in May at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. This year, there is another rodeo the weekend before.
Cattlemen’s Association President Robert Allen asked the Coweta County Commissioners this week to not let something like that happen again.
The association has already spent $28,000 on the rodeo, he said.
“A few weeks ago we found out that somebody else was coming in and putting on a rodeo the weekend before ours. It kind of took the wind out of our sails. It’s so frustrating to a lot of our members. We just don’t know what to think about it … how can this happen?” Allen said. “Another rodeo come in and take our limelight and our thunder.”
“I’m asking that maybe y’all could consider giving us a buffer of a few months, 60 to 90 days, in the future, to keep this from happening again.”
Allen said the Coweta Cattlemen’s rodeo, which will be May 16 and 17, is “one of the premier rodeos in the Southeast.”
Last year, with the rodeo proceeds, the association was able to give out $5,500 in scholarships. Allen said they hope to do that again, but he’s worried they won’t make enough money.
The other event being held this weekend, the Bucking for Brook benefit, is much smaller, and is only bull riding and barrel racing, not a full rodeo.
Allen also asked the commissioners to consider building a covered horse arena. “We are very vulnerable to the weather,” he said. “If it rains … nobody is coming.”
“I encourage all the people from Coweta County to come out,” said Commissioner Tim Lassetter. “If you want to have a good time and see some amazing athletes and amazing animals … not to mention the good food.”
In other meeting business:
• The board approved an agreement with GOAL Productions for a series of videos related to the Battle of Brown’s Mill. There will be seven videos, and visitors to the battlefield site will be able to watch the videos on their smart phones by scanning a code on signs at the battlefield. The videos will also be available online. The cost of the production is $15,901.
GOAL is based in California, said Comprehensive Planner Sandra Parker. The company’s videos have be seen on The Discovery Channel, PBS, and HGTV, to name a few.
The project will take about 10 weeks, Parker said.
• An amendment to the county’s smoking ordinance that would prohibit “vaping” at county facilities was pulled from the agenda.
• The board scheduled a work session for 3 p.m. on May 29. An agenda for the meeting will be released later.
• The board approved the temporary closure of a portion of Smokey Road between Chandler Road and Holbrook Road for filming of the moving “Sick People.”
The closure will be on Tuesday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The board approved an agreement with Coweta-Fayette EMC for lighting at the Central Park soccer fields.
Commissioner Paul Poole added that he would like staff to “look at the possibility of advancing phase 3” of the project, “rather than waiting until later on.”
Commissioner Tim Lassetter said he’d like to thank Tony Sinclair of Coweta-Fayette “for all of the support that he has given the county over the years, with numerous different projects.”
• The board approved the hiring of an additional residential inspector in the building department. The department has lost two inspectors to retirement, and one to a transfer, in the past few years. Those positions were not filled because of the downturn in the economy.
But as residential construction is picking up, a new inspector is needed.
• The board executed a proclamation for Older Americans Month.