by VICTORIA HENLEY
The rodeo is cemented in country western culture as not only an iconic American pastime, but also as a prime form of live entertainment.
While many would assume the rodeo to be traditionally an American activity, rodeo events– including bullfighting and cattle wrangling– date back to the 16th century conquistadors in Spain.
Fast forward to the modern day rodeo arena where KK Productions serves as one of the premiere rodeo production outlets, bringing classic rodeo competitions including barrel racing, bull riding, cattle roping, and more to cities all over the United States. Featuring participants of all skill and experience levels from across the US, this dynamic production company creates an intimate, fun atmosphere for rodeo enthusiasts to attend an event that is fast-paced and high octane, with a lighthearted tone that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The rodeo, which was held at the North Florida Fairgrounds on April 8 and 9 (we attended April 8), featured a wide range of pulse pounding events and activities including a free spirited kids’ dance off, lively banter between the two “rodeo clowns” and masters’ of ceremony, barrel racing, and some of the most wiley, stubborn bulls you’ll ever witness challenging the brave, daring cowboys to death defying rides that had my team and me on the edge of our seats.
An impressive and diverse array of vendors were available on site throughout the rodeo, including a tent featuring country western themed yard decor and cowboy/cowgirl hats and varieties of accessories, Gypsy Rose Boutique (an eclectic pop up shop stationed in a retro van), and numerous eateries, including King Konch, Hawaiian shaved ice, freshly popped kettle corn, Come and Get it Chuckwagon Style Barbecue (home of the cowboy egg roll), Granny’s Fried Chicken, Quiero Mas Tacos, M and M BBQ, Funnel Cakes, a beer station featuring assortments of top domestic and imported brews, and much, much more.
KK Productions’ Rodeo offers audience members numerous opportunities to be part of the show, including a “bottle race”, in which opposing teams “ride” an inflatable bottle brandishing the logo of one of the beer sponsors, Corona, racing from one end to the other of the rodeo arena in hopes of winning a $100 cash grand prize.
The Baymont Inn and Suites’ (one of the elite rodeo sponsors) manager made his bull riding debut on night one of the rodeo, while the owner of T-Spark Enterprises (one of the top roofing and construction services in Tallahasse and premier sponsor of the rodeo) made his bull riding debut on the finale night.
The Tallahassee Rodeo was a romping, rousing, rowdy good time, and if you missed it, don’t dismay as KK Productions regularly travels the United States with their signature style and stellar productions.
Be sure to check KK Productions’ website and connect on social media to see when they will be coming to a city near you.
TSpark Enterprises (special thanks to G at T-Spark Enterprises for facilitating our spotlight of the rodeo)