The Lawrence County Cattleman's Rodeo is happening this weekend at the Iron Rail Arena in Moulton. Gates will open at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with performances beginning at 8.
The 2019 Miss Rodeo USA, Heather Morrison, will attend both nights, event organizer Marsha Terry said.
Morrison is the first woman from her home state of Iowa to bring back the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo USA. She was raised by her parents, Steve and Linda Morrison, on a fully functioning cattle farm where they raise beef cattle, soybeans, corn and hay, and have a cow-calf operation.
Morrison is the first in her family to graduate from college. She has obtained two degrees in Agricultural Production Management and Agricultural Geospatial Technology from Kirkwood Community College.
As the 2019 Miss Rodeo USA, Morrison speaks from her platform "The World Needs All Types Of Minds," which allows her to advocate for her brother, Tom, who is autistic.
"She proudly speaks all over the U.S. about having a 'Tom Attitude,' where she tells the story of her brother who never hated anyone, who never holds grudges, and who never cries," said Terry. "She explains that every day he wakes up and loves life even though all odds are against his favor."
Morrison hopes to inspire others to keep a Tom attitude by looking on the positive side of life just as Tom taught her.
"Heather is excited to be in Moulton with the Cattleman's Rodeo June 14 and 15," said Terry.
Terry said rodeo entertainer Jerry Thornton will also attend this year's event with his Andalusian stallion, Nervioso—the horse that was featured in Miranda Lambert's music video "Over You."
The competition will include events like saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
As usual, the rodeo weekend will kick off with a Downtown Live performance by the Matt Prater Band. On Thursday, June 13, visitors are encouraged to attend the free music series and line dance on the Moulton Square.
Tickets for the rodeo will be sold at the gate and are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission is free to children 5 years old and younger.
"Money raised is used for the scholarship program to help FFA and 4-H," Terry said. "Cattleman's non-profit organization realizes the importance of investing in our youth."
Iron Rail Arena is located at 2701 County Road 245 in Moulton.
For more information, visit the Lawrence County 'Cattleman's Association Facebook page at