Cleveland Rodeo packs home for 10th 12 months – Salisbury Put up

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CLEVELAND – While other events weren’t as lucky, the wet weather held up for a full crowd on Saturday night at the Cleveland Rodeo.

The stands for the rodeo were full on Friday and Saturday nights to show off the competition and showcase the western lifestyle. People came to the arena on Redmon Road two hours before the show started on Saturday and also came after the show started. There were a few hundred participants who signed up to ride wild horses and bulls and show off their cowboy skills. The level of performance ranged from high school to professional.

Organizer Allen Livengood said Friday and Saturday would be the 10th edition of the show he is hosting with his wife Sharon. With more than 30 years of rodeo experience, the events have found their way into Allen’s blood. The Livengoods also produce an event in conjunction with the Dixie Classic Fair.

Allen said his favorite part was the people and the expression of the western way of life. The venue for the Cleveland event is on Livengoods’ 130 acres of farmland.

“There are still a lot of cowboys on the east coast,” said Livengood.

Seth White is a 26-year-old professional bull rider from Statesville who held the points lead prior to Saturday’s competition. Ranked # 88 in the world, White began practicing with sheep when he was little.

With a lot of experience under his belt, White said there is no fear while driving – just a few nerves as you prepare. He suffered a few bumps and bruises during the competition, including a broken collarbone and a broken nose, but the injuries did not stop him from competing.

“It’s in our blood,” White said, adding that the experience is an adrenaline rush.

Danny Misenheimer, title sponsor and agent in charge of the Mooreseville Coldwell Banker Realty branch, said he wasn’t surprised the venue was full.

“It will keep filling up,” said Misenheimer.