Rodeo returns to Indiantown in October

Expected to boost economy

INDIANTOWN, Fla. - As soon as you walk into Jonnie Flewelling's bed and breakfast, you can tell she really loves Indiantown's history. So when the country girl heard that the town was bringing back the rodeo, she was excited.

Flewelling said, "I've been going to rodeos since I was a little girl and it was 'the' rodeo. I mean it was just off the charts."

She remembers hearing that 14,000 people attended back in 1963. The rodeo eventually went away. But October 28th and 29th of this year, it's coming back. This time, it'll be at Timer Powers Park.

David Powers of the Indiantown Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce says, "We see it as a great opportunity to bring people out. Show them our community."

It's also expected to draw the world's greatest cowboys and cowgirls to compete for a shot at nationals in a variety of events. Powers says the rodeo will include "...bull riding. We'll have the calf roping. We'll have barrel racing."

With the Census Bureau showing the poverty rate 33 percent higher in the heart of Indiantown compared to other parts of Martin County, the rodeo will be an economic shot in the arm and a reminder that good times can come back.

Flewelling says, "It draws a common goal. Look at America. You want to see America rise to its absolute best? Unite them in a common goal." 

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