Thousands of enthusiasts packed the Agricenter International Arena for two presentations of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo on Saturday April 13!

Celebrating its 40th year in existence, the rodeo was a rootin’ tootin’ good time for all attendees — especially those who know the history of Bill Pickett and black cowboys in American history.

TSD Photojournalist Gary S. Whitlow caught some of the sights and sounds of the day . . . check these images out!