Horn Lake to host Inaugural Mississippi Hometown Rodeo Series 

If you never thought DeSoto County could be a rodeo capital, get set to be proved wrong. On the heels of Olive Branch hosting its Bucking in the Branch bull riding event last year, Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, on Monday, March 13, announced that Horn Lake would be a site for the inaugural Mississippi Hometown Rodeo Series on Sept 22-23. 

Further details about location and such were not immediately announced, but the Horn Lake stop is one of a series of rodeos to be held in the state, starting in April and running through November. Eight rodeos were initially announced, but a news release from Gipson’s office said more could be added to the schedule as details are finalized.  

“The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and Genuine MS® are proud to be a part of the Mississippi Hometown Rodeo Series,” said Gipson. “Representatives from our Genuine MS® program will be on hand at each location promoting the best of everything grown, raised, crafted and made in Mississippi. I encourage everyone to come out to the rodeo for a night of great family entertainment and learn more about Genuine MS®.”

The current dates and locations for the Mississippi Hometown Rodeo Series are:

  • April 14-15 – Macon, Miss.
  • May 12-13 – Saltillo, Miss.
  • May 20 – Forest, Miss. (Ranch Rodeo)
  • July 4 – Natchez, Miss.
  • July 28-29 – Jackson, Miss. (Keath Killebrew Memorial Rodeo at the Mississippi Coliseum)
  • Sept. 22-23 – Horn Lake, Miss.
  • October 6-7 – Kosciusko, Miss.
  • November 10-11 – Satartia, Miss.

Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) will be present providing information on how to find Mississippi products and how to join the program. Genuine MS® was created by MDAC as Mississippi’s state branding initiative. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of Mississippi’s local farm, food, crafted and fabricated products. Genuine MS® also promotes local business growth and economic development within the state.

Additional rodeos can be added to the schedule. Those interested in details on how to bring a rodeo to their local community or those interested in being a sponsor of the series can contact (601) 953-6605. For more information on Genuine MS®, visit GenuineMS.com or call (601) 359-1159.

Bob Bakken

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