Established in 2017


With your help, more than $40,000 was raised in 2019 at the 9th annual Whip Crackin’ Rodeo.

Since 2009, proceeds raised at the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo have provided Wilson County charities with more than $500,000 in support.

For the last 10 years, we have included a day for our special needs children filled with fun, games and a sample of what a real rodeo is all about. During the 2019 Special Needs Day, we had the privilege of entertaining over 450 special needs youth at this mini rodeo event.

After a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the tradition of the Whip Crackin’ Rodeo returns to Lebanon’s Ward Agricultural Center for a two-night stand in April!

Our 2021 event is scheduled for Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at The Wilson County Fairgrounds’ James E Ward Agricultural Center.

Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Wilson County, the rodeo is responsible for routinely making significant financial contributions to local charities from revenues collected through various sponsorships, advertising, and ticket sales.


Whip Crackin' Rodeo Official Site


Lone Star Rodeo was created in Marfa, Texas and moved the sport of rodeo to the fans in the Southeast. Lone Star Rodeo Company now resides in Crofton, KY on their 660 acre ranch. The family  tradition of top-notch stock and competition, pageantry, and family entertainment has been carried on for the past 37 years by Preston Fowlkes, Jr.  The family commitment continues into the next generation with the entire family working side by side.  Lone Star Rodeo produces over 40 events per year.

The Lone Star Rodeo Company travels in thirteen different states, from the Crossroads of America in New Albany, IN to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Arena in Athens, AL on up to the Chesapeake Bay Salisbury, Maryland. Not to mention the beautiful Blue Springs Resort in Bourbon, MO to the Calsonic Arena, on the Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN on over to the beautiful plains of North Dakota. Lone Star Rodeo Company will continue to go up and down the eastern seaboard to provide the spectators with the best in western style, family entertainment.

The Whip Crackin’ Rodeo now works with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to distribute all funds raised through the charity event.