We attended a NPRA Rodeo, in Boiling Springs about a month ago. The rodeo was sponsored by local Churches. It was very family oriented, no alcohol, and the midway had a carnival too. There where high-rise bleachers as well as rows and rows of large blocks for seating. Some people also brought their own lawn chairs. The arena was at the bottom, ideally located between to hills giving everyone seated on the blocks a good view. Grand entry flags were all church flags and Old Glory ran the serpentine. It was a beautiful Opening Ceremony.
Upon returning from the 1/2 time break. The arena lights were turned off… a spot light shone on the “Confederate Flag”. The announcer began to speak telling of the history of the South and tell of its love for their “Southern Culture” which was inherited from their ancestors. As he spoke the “Confederate Flag” rounded the arena and was joined and then surpassed by Old Glory; when Old Glory came to the center of the Arena and the National Anthem was sung by all present, the Confederate flag fell back behind her as Old Glory shined under the spot light. Symbolizing that although they are proud of their heritage, they are equally if not more proud of who we are today as a nation. It was a very touching performance; we all stood as Old Glory followed by the Confederate flag left the arena.
I would like to add, this was our first time attending a rodeo here in the South, and found it very enjoyable and relaxing experience.