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Bucking into Leesburg

A bucking bull is not easy to stay on, but all the same people keep hopping on their backs trying to hold on. This sight and many more rodeo standards will be at Chapel View Farm come Saturday, June 28, when it hosts a rodeo to support the Lucketts community. The rodeo will feature professional bull riders, barrel racing and a plethora of other contests and activities.

"It’s going to be a professional bull riding rodeo and it’s going to consist of barrel racing, trick riders and bronco riders and of course, bull riding. We’ll have live entertainment a couple of bands and food," Lisa Cox, one of the organizers and owner of the Chapel View Farm, said.

The farm will be converting some it’s land into a bull-riding arena with bleachers for watching the riders and an expected crowd of more than 2,000 people. The event is geared toward families and will allow attendees an up-close look at all the events and a chance to meet the professional bull riders. This will be the first time the farm has played host to a rodeo and a chance for residents to check out an event that isn’t always this close to home.

"We wanted to do something different — a new event. We wanted to bring a new event to the area and several people suggested a rodeo and if it's successful it will become an annual event. We want some family entertainment for the area," Cox said.

ALONG WITH the rodeo, which starts at 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 5 p.m., there will be plenty of food and treats for families and children. The food is being supplied by Hog Will BBQ, a local barbecue provider. Children will be able to play games and get their face painted. The rodeo will also include music throughout the day featuring bands from throughout the area.

"It’s live entertainment and its very exciting for the kids to see the bulls and the riders getting on them for 8 seconds. It’s a huge thing for the kids to watch. And the bronco rides are just as cool," Cox said.

Money earned from ticket sales from the rodeo will benefit the Lucketts community by helping with schools, community events and supporting the neighborhood. Cox said there are many different areas that the money will go into, but that it is entirely not for profit.

"I’m looking forward to having a very successful event and to be able to give lots of money back to the community. We want to be able to give back to the community and get some things done there," Cox said.

The rodeo will take place at Chapel View Farm, 14290 Chapel Lane, Leesburg. Advance tickets are $12 and gate admission is $15. Free for children 6 and under. Call 703-431-9578.