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Bucking Around the Christmas Tree


By Nancy Brannon; Photos by Gary Cox

Lifting a theme from the 1958 song by Brenda Lee (written by Johnny Marks), Northwest Mississippi Community College hosted this Bull Riding event in Senatobia, Miss. on December 10, 2021. In addition to the bucking competition in Junior and Senior divisions, admission to the event was a canned good or toy, to be donated to local charities. And kids could get their picture made with Santa.

This was the Friday night/Saturday morning that strong storms and tornadoes rocked across six states in the mid-south, wreaking destruction along a 250-mile path from Arkansas to Kentucky. I asked Gary if there were any effects from the storms at the Bull Riding event, which started at 6:30 p.m. He replied, “The bull riding ended about 8:45p.m., so it was over before the storms hit.  I made it back to Horn Lake about two hours before the storms came though. It was unusually warm; the arena had open sides so the wind was coming through quite strong, but at least it was comfortable with the warm temperatures. No damage at our house, but my weather station recorded about 2½ inches of rain and 660 lightning strikes!”

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