Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

HOPE, AR – Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton invites the public to Sheriff’s Office hosted Ranch Rodeo at the Hope Coliseum Thursday, September 28, during the District Fair, to raise funds for the Sheriff’s Operation Christmas fund and the Shop With A Deputy program.

Sheriff Singleton said, “if you have never been to a ranch rodeo, you are in for a treat.” The Sheriff said some of the toughest cowboys and cowgirls will make up the 10 four-person teams that will compete in events such as wild cow milking, team sorting and more. Ranch rodeos events are based off skills and activities carried out by real working cowboys.

The Ranch Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 28 during this year’s Southwest Arkansas District Fair at the Coliseum in Fair Park. Admission is $5 for everyone 13-years-old and older. Children 12 and under get in free. All proceeds will go to Operation Christmas and Shop With A Deputy.

The Operation Christmas and Shop With A Deputy programs are new ventures started by the Sheriff to make sure that no child in Hempstead County goes without having a great Christmas. Sheriff Singleton said they plan on pairing kids up with deputies December 15. He said various law enforcement, EMS and Fire Departmens will join Hempstead County Deputies in a convoy escorting Santa to Walmart to meet children who will be waiting to be paired up with the deputies.

Sheriff Singleton said over $5,000 has been raised with their 2018 calendar and the Ranch Rodeo will help increase the budget for the children of Hempstead County.

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