Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo set to feature local talent

Local barrel racer Holly Scruggs will be one of the area participants in the Pickens Rescue 7 Rodeo, to be held at the Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market on August 8 and 9.

PICKENS — Are you ready to see some barrel racing, trick roping and bronco busting? If the answer is yes, then the Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market is the place for you, as Pickens Rescue 7 will host a championship rodeo on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9. The event will kick off both days at 8 p.m.

The rodeo will be a fundraiser for Pickens Rescue Squad 7 to help with operating expenses. Many local cowboys and cowgirls will participate in the rodeo, including Holly Scruggs of Pickens in cowgirl barrel racing.

Scruggs started riding at age 12 and running barrels around age 14. She participated in the High School Rodeo for the state of South Carolina in both her freshman and sophomore years while attending Pickens High School. She raced in barrels and poles and participated in goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping events.

Since that time she has ridden in many professional rodeo association events. Scruggs currently holds membership in the NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) and, the SRA (Southern Rodeo Association), NCA (National Cowboy Association) and WPRA (Womens Professional Rodeo Association).

Scruggs has qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association Finals twice, the NBHA numerous times as a youth and open competitor. She is the 2008 State Champion and the 2008 District Reserve Champion. She made the SAR finals, Longhorn Rodeo Association finals and has qualified two times in the International Professional Rodeo Association.

Rodeo fans will also get the chance to see a special exhibition by nationally renowned roper Jack Fullbright. Fullbright specializes in trick and fancy roping. The Mountain View Baptist Church Youth will be selling concessions.

The rodeo will be produced by the Ernie Treadway Rodeo Company and will be great fun for the entire family.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 6-12. Children under 6 get in free. For more information, call (864) 608-3807. The Bargain Exchange Flea Market is located at 1449 Walhalla Highway in Pickens. The rodeo will start at 8 p.m each night.