Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

John Watson

June 10, 2011

Thursday rodeo dedicated to God

Thursday night’s PRCA performance has been dedicated as “God and Country Night,” with the assistance of Pastor Russ Weaver and Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church in Egan.

In the past God and Country Night was held on Wednesdays, according to Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse rodeo committee co-chair David Welty, but this year it has been changed so it does not conflict with area church’s Wednesday night worship programs.

“We realized that most of the churches in the area have services on Wednesday night,” Welty said. “Which caused a conflict for some that wanted to attend the God and Country Night at the rodeo. So that is why we made the switch on the events. We are encouraging everyone, no matter what their belief is, to fill the arena for Jesus Christ on Thursday night.”

God and Country Night at the rodeo is an inter-denominational celebration, according to Weaver.

“I think that Johnson County has more churches per capita then anywhere else in Texas,” Weaver said. “For a long time there were entities — and still are — that try to avoid God in their celebrations or programs so they don’t  hurt anyone’s feelings. I am very grateful to the Sheriff’s Posse for being responsive enough to offer this. For a lot of people in this county, they walk with God every day. And that walk includes an evening at the rodeo.

“So I am glad that they [Posse] recognize — in fact — promote this special night. Churches are the backbone of Johnson County and Thursday night is a chance to gather together in his name and enjoy the rodeo.

“I am humble at heart and excited to be a part of this night’s message.. It is a great tribute to the people of Johnson County, to God and our country.”

Christian singer Susie McEntire Eaton will appear in concert beginning at 7 p.m. before the start of the evening’s rodeo performance at 8.

General admission tickets to the rodeo may be purchased at the gate for $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3-years-old  and under attend free. Parking is free. PRCA rodeo performances will start at 8 p.m. each night.

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