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Rodeo celebrates nine years of helping burn victims

Posted: April 20, 2013 - 11:01pm

After eight years of raising money for burn patients and their families, the Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation is preparing for its ninth annual Rodeo Nights.

The foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Rodeo Nights will be held Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

All of the money raised from ticket sales will go to benefit the SFBF, said Bobbie Jo Gainey, the director of development for the SFBF. Last year, the rodeo raised $40,000 for the organization.

The SFBF is responsible for taking care of families whose family members are patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital, Gainey said. The foundation has a 40-bed house where families can sleep for free. They also get a free hot meal every day.

Gainey said there will be live music, bull riding, barrel racing, fair food, pony rides and a petting zoo.

“There’s nothing like it in our community,” she said. “I think that there’s something for everybody.”

Gainey estimates 4,000 to 5,000 people will attend the event. “(There are) lots of people in this community that are very generous, and that’s why this event’s so successful and it’s been going on for nine years.”

Advance tickets are on sale at BP Stations of Augusta and Thomson, Georgia Bank and Trust locations, and Boots, Bridles and Britches in Grovetown. Advance tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets will also be sold at the gate for $14 per adult and $8 per child.

Military members and first responders will be admitted into Friday night’s show free of charge.

For more information about the Rodeo and about the burn foundation, call 706-650-BURN (2876).

IF YOU GO

What: Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Rodeo Nights

Where: Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds, Columbia Road

When: Friday and Saturday, April 26-27; gates open at 5:30 p.m., rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 advance for adults, $14 at the gate; $5 advance for children, $8 at the gate. Military and first responders admitted free on Friday.

More: (706) 650-BURN

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