It’s that time of year again. If you like buckin’ broncos, horses, calf-ropings, clowns, cowboy hats and all things rodeo, you can head to Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum from March 15 -17.

It’s the annual SLE Rodeo, Southeastern Livestock Expo.

Head ‘em out times are Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.  Garrett Coliseum is located at 1555 Federal Drive in northeastern Montgomery.

“The rodeo: Where helmets are replaced with cowboy hats.” 

The rodeo boasts something for all ages.

A host of events this week build up to the main event. The itinerary of SLE events can be found at  SLE Rodeo, and tickets can be found here.

There are discounts for military and first responders.

A free event is the parade in downtown Montgomery at noon on Friday, March 15.

The rodeo and all SLE events raise funds for yute activities in agriculture including Livestock shows, livestock judging contests, scholarships, FFA Foundation, Alabama 4-H, the Children's Miracle Network, and yute rodeo associations.

I'd rather be at the rodeo.

The SLE Rodeo is strongly patriotic, starting with a stirring American flag entrance on horseback and the National Anthem.

On Sunday, March 17, the rodeo has a public “Cowboy Church” in the John Teague Arena next to Garrett Coliseum.

"Rodeo ain't no ordinary life, but a cowboy ain't no ordinary man." — Tracy Byrd

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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