Another new feature this year is that all seats (excluding box seats) will be free of admission charge on Thursday evening, courtesy of the fine folks at Trail to Christ Cowboy Church, who have bought out the house, so that the free admission deal could be offered.
Trail to Christ Cowboy Church pastor, Mark Norman, explained the rationale behind the idea.
“Our church as well as the rodeo reach out to the community and to families and we believe that this is a good way for families to come out and spend time together and enjoy the sport of rodeo right here in Jacksonville, Norman said. “This is a coordinated effort between Trial to Christ Cowboy Church and the Jacksonville Rodeo Association and we have been working well together on this.”
Dickerson said that in nearby Henderson a local cowboy church has distributed free tickets for opening night for several years now and that packed houses have been the result.
There's two things that pastor Norman knows quite a bit about: Jesus Christ and rodeo, as he is a former rodeo cowboy himself.
Norman said that he plans to deliver a “sermonette” during one of the intermissions on Thursday and that he hopes that people who are looking for a church home or a place to worship in the unpretentious spirit of the old west will consider attending services at Trail to Christ Cowboy Church, located on Highway 79 West.