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Special needs students from the Gadsden, Attalla and Etowah County school systems got a sneak peak at the Etowah County Sheriff's Office rodeo. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Special needs students from the Gadsden, Attalla and Etowah County school systems got a sneak peak at the Etowah County Sheriff's Office rodeo. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Students got the chance to pet the animals, see the horses and steers up close and even ride them if they wanted. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Students got the chance to pet the animals, see the horses and steers up close and even ride them if they wanted. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The rodeo is coming back to Etowah County, this time with the help of the sheriff. A select group of young people got a sneak preview Wednesday.

Special needs students from the Gadsden, Attalla and Etowah County school systems came to the Etowah County Fairgrounds in Attalla Thursday, to see a "mini-rodeo" featuring some of the acts who will be performing Friday and Saturday night. Then they were able to see many of the horses and steers up close, and even ride them if they wanted.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the special day for the students provided a unique opportunity.

"Some of them have never experienced a rodeo and some of them have never been around, you know, these types of animals," Entrekin said.

"They're getting to pet animals and be around them and see them. And I think it's just a great opportunity for us to do this, and get the children out to do stuff that they wouldn't get to do otherwise," he added.

As for the rodeo itself, Entrekin says he got the idea after 20 other sheriff's offices in Alabama sponsored annual rodeos.

This is the first time the Etowah County Sheriff's Office has ever sponsored one, however. Entrekin says they didn't want to interfere with one that had been sponsored by the local Boys and Girls Club in Gadsden since the early 1960s. That rodeo, however, was discontinued last year.

The rodeo will be held at the Etowah County Fairgrounds at 102 Griffin Street in Attalla on May 9 and 10. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. At the gate, adult tickets are $15 and children tickets are $10.

You can buy tickets at Family Savings Credit Union and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.

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