It may not be all that unusual for a rodeo to take place in Dallas, Texas.
What had been out of the ordinary was a rodeo in Dallas, Georgia.
Seth Bice and his Paulding-based Bice Rodeo Co. changed all that with his inaugural Paulding Public Safety Rodeo in 2018.
The second Public Safety Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. each day at Earl Duncan Park at Paulding Meadows in Dallas.
It will feature from 100 to 150 competing in barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, bulldogging and bull riding, he said.
Bice organized the event with hopes of it being an annual fund-raiser for Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, a nonprofit that supports first-responders and their families, he said.
He said he wanted to create an event to support local businesses and benefit Paulding’s charitable organizations.
“I wanted a good family event for the community,” Bice said. “I wanted to do something (in Paulding).”
He said Paulding County has not hosted a rodeo event since the early 2000s when one was held in the same arena his event now will occupy.
However, Bice said he will bring in temporary seating to add to the permanent seating in the old arena, which the county government refurbished in recent years.
Capacity is about 3,000, which means about 6,000 attendees could attend if the weather is favorable, he said.
Bice got the idea for developing an annual rodeo in Paulding after attending rodeos in neighboring counties and seeing a dearth of such events in his home county.
The Cobb County firefighter and Paulding resident grew up in the New Georgia and Hiram areas.
He said he did not come by his love for the sport as others may have by being around it his entire life.
After buying and raising a few cows to expose his children to farm life and livestock, he met a man who owned a bucking bull — which led to meeting others involved in organizing rodeos, he said.
Bice said the idea for a rodeo benefiting Paulding Public Safety Appreciation came after he asked Sheriff Gary Gulledge and Fire Chief Joey Pelfrey for suggestions.
The idea for an event benefiting a local charity then drew the attention of Hardy Automotive Group, which agreed to be a main sponsor.
The inaugural 2018 rodeo drew about 5,000 over two days and raised about $7,000 for Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Bice said.
This year’s rodeo has been sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association. About 100 to 150 riders will compete for prizes and to earn points toward a championship sponsored by each rodeo association, Bice said.
Bice’s company is working with Alabama-based Frontier Classic Rodeo company to provide the funding and equipment needed.
Frontier Classic works as a stock contractor for rodeos throughout the Southeast and will provide judges, rodeo clowns, animals and more, Bice said.
Bice is working to secure sponsors to fund the event, and sponsors will have signs ringing the arena or ads in the official program, he said.
He hinted that a good community response to the event could help his company continue and expand such programming in the future.
Paulding Meadows is at 472 Paulding Meadows Drive in Dallas, off Ga. Hwy. 61 (Cartersville Highway).
Gates will open at 6 p.m. each day. General admission seating is $15 apiece, with children 5 and under admitted free.
Discounted tickets are on sale at Hardy Chevrolet in Dallas for $10.
Parking is free but donations can be made to the Paulding Explorers Post, Bice said.
For more information, visit https://bicerodeo.com/.