Take mom to the rodeo

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 29, 2005

The annual Gates County Rodeo is coming next weekend. If you’ve never been to a rodeo, and chances are, being a sophisticated, erudite resident of metropolitan Hampton Roads, you haven’t, you might want to check it out.

I lived in western Arkansas for about a year and once, against my better judgment, went to what was called a &uot;Bull Bash.&uot; It was probably the best time I’ve ever had at a spectator sport.

I’ve never seen anything as exciting.

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The bulls are huge and mean and they don’t want to be ridden. Riders get thrown around like rag dolls. It’s pretty cool.

I don’t know if a regular rodeo can compare to a bull bash, but you ought to give it a try.

On Thursday, May 5, the News-Herald will be publishing a special tabloid section on the event. Read our section, buy some snuff and a spit can and head on down to Gates next Thursday. Take your mother, the next day is Mother’s Day.


For News-Herald advertisers, we’ll be having a special deal come out on Friday, May 13. For that week, you’ll be able to buy a 1×3 ad for $13 (A 61 percent savings) and add spot color to your ad for just $13 (about a 75 percent savings). Call your advertising representative for details.


Also on advertising, you might want to ask about our VIP program. This is something we launched in February at invitation-only events. It was a deal to get your ad in the paper multiple times each week at a ridiculously low rate. Our plan was to offer it only during the month of February, but it went over so well – with more than 40 businesses jumping on it – that we’re rolling it out again for a brief time. Again, call your advertising representative for details.


I don’t really understand the uproar over the finger found the in the chili at Wendy’s. I bet if they had looked really hard, they might have found ground up pieces of dead cow. It’s just as gross.