NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) - The horses were giddy, ponies were anxious and the fans were a mixture of both as they awaited the start of the annual rodeo in Nashville.
A constant downpour put a damper on the show that benefits Berrien County's economy.
"When Mother Nature cooperates and we have sunshine, the economic impact from the rode is quite large," said the director of the Berrien County chamber of Commerce Crissy Staley. "We estimate it anywhere between 150 and 200 thousand dollars."
With that in mind, the Cotton Blossom Roundup went on. One cowboy from Alabama said the rain has little effect on his performance.
"This rodeo I've been to before and we were under water," said Quinn Campbell who has rode for 19 years. "And we were 3.8, 3.9, 4-flat in the bulldogging. Seems to be good ground."
"This is a rain or shine event," said Staley. "Our cowboys and cowgirls will compete regardless of whether it's pouring down rain or whether the sun is shining."
It makes sense for riders who came in from as far as Pennsylvania to entertain the South Georgia crowd. And according to one young rodeo fan, even for spectators, a little rain doesn't hurt.
"Rain ain't going to do nothing," said 14-year-old Pablo Castillo. "It's just rain…water."
And getting wet didn't deter Pablo who travels from the Warner Robbins area with his grandpa every weekend for shows.
"Once you get hooked," stated Pablo. "You just keep coming to them. We have fun, just watching people win and you get the experience of seeing animals, touching them, messing around at the rodeo. You just have fun--have a good time."
The competition continues Saturday at 7:30 out at the Berrien County Saddle Club Arena.