Jamboree hosts a variety of performers from eight to 70 something.

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer

There will be fiddlers, a trick-rope expert, country music, gospel music, an enchilada dinner, cowboy poets and comedians as more than 30 performers will participate in 55th annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree.

The Grand Old Opry-style show started tonight in Floyd and runs through Sunday afternoon.

Eight-year-old Amy Carter of Floyd kicks the event off at 7 p.m. tonight at 7 p.m. with the “Star Spangled Banner.” Some other regional performers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights include cowboy poet Jimmie Jo Jester of House, Portales musician Andy Mason, two young boys with dueling fiddles, a local family bluegrass band, and a country comedian from Levelland, according to program coordinator Noel Rippee.

“What keeps (the Jamboree) going is the variety of performers,” Rippee said. “We have all ages on stage, from eight to some up in their 70s this year. A world of people come to listen to the music.”

Something new on the program for 2005 is Wild Bill Cathey of Dora and his rope tricks and bull whip.

“I’ll do some rope tricks and crack the bull whip to ‘Ghost riders in the sky,’” Cathey said. “It’s something I enjoy doing.”

This is Cathey’s first demonstration at the jamboree, but he’s performed at area rodeos, basketball halftime shows and parades almost 20 years.

“I will end my performance with the Texas Skip,” said Cathey, a maneuver where he will throw his lasso vertically and jumping through the loop from side to side.

There will also be a gospel music show at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Rippee said funds raised from the event support Lions Club projects like scholarships, an eye-glass program and to help the needy.