B&GH rodeo packs Benton/BTS Arena twice

August 27, 2018 

Lake Waccamaw, NC – Capacity crowds greeted the 2018 State Farm Rodeo on Aug. 17 – 18 at the Benton/BTS Arena & Exhibition Center. Proceeds from the event benefited the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

“A rodeo is something we wanted to bring back to the area,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “Seeing the crowds come out both nights, we realized that we were not alone in wanting a rodeo back.”

Equine Manager and Events Coordinator Amanda Thompson was thrilled by the turn out.

“We cannot begin to thank everyone enough for supporting the children of B&GH by attending this event and making it such a success,” Thompson said. “Many thanks to our sponsors, vendors and volunteers who helped make this event possible.”

State Farm agents David Ward, Mary Williamson, and Ken Sutton provided title sponsorship for the event. Additional sponsorships were provided by Papa John’s of Whiteville, CresCom Bank, Pineview Veterinary Hospital, Sam’s Pit Stop, Vann Underwood Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Grapefull Sisters Vineyard & Carroll Woods RV Park, First Citizen’s Bank, Dale’s Seafood, Hills, Pierce & Company, Waccamaw Speedy Mart/Waccamaw Outdoors, Waccamaw Real Estate, Whiteville Mini Storage, Trigon Corp., John Johnson, Chadbourn Feed Services, and Gracie’s Steak and Seafood.

“Special events like our rodeo don’t just happen,” said Faircloth. “There is a lot of preparation involved and we are grateful to all of our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and staff who helped to make this such an incredible event.”

 Working with Thomas Linton Rodeo, the Southern Rodeo Association sanctioned event included bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and bareback riding. Between competition entertainment was provided by two-time Professional Cowboy Association Rodeo Clown of the Year Jake Wilcox.

While the event was a success on many fronts, the downside was that many people were turned away once the arena was full.

“We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to those who were unable to purchase a ticket due to us reaching our max capacity in the arena,” Thompson said. “Our hearts were so heavy when we had to stop the ticket sales. We never imagined this would happen. This was a learning experience for us and we are already making plans for a bigger and better show next year!”

To keep up with the events and activities at the B&GH Farm and Benton/BTS Arena & Exhibition Center, visit https://www.facebook.com/BGH-Equine-Events-Exhibition-Center-1676099915977968/.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefited from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.