The Lowry 4L Summerville Rodeo is an official open rodeo event held every year at the Lowry's Ranch south of Summerville. The event has become an integral part of the early Fall season in Chattooga County. The event is held in August of each year. The event will take place on August 14th and 15th at the Lowry's Ranch on 3198 Farmersville Road.
The 4L Rodeo Company is one of the most outstanding rodeo stock contracting companies in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1985 by champion calf roper and steer wrestler Charlie Lowry, the company has grown from five small productions its first year to becoming a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1997. In 2007 4L Rodeo produced 19 rodeos sanctioned by the PRCA, three Georgia High School Rodeos and three Intercollegiate Rodeos in the southeast as well as having bulls featured at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders Association)
Since becoming a member of the PRCA, 4L Rodeo has had stock featured at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (1998 - 2005). In addition, owner Charlie Lowry has been selected 2002 Stock Contractor of the Year by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. This award adds to a list of many accolades for the life-long rodeo cowboy. A three-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, Charlie holds seventeen championship titles in the PRCA Southeastern Circuit. He set the arena record for calf roping at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and won the All-Around Cowboy title at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming.
For the Lowry Family, rodeoing is a way of life. Charlie and his wife Wanda, a retired teacher, travel to all their rodeos as a team. Wanda serves as a rodeo timer. Ross, the Lowry's 34-year-old son, is the 2001 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Heeler and a circuit qualifier in steer wrestling. Ross and his wife Leann, an elementary school teacher, make their home on the 4L Ranch in Summerville. Daughter Jolyn, the rodeo coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, resides in Wilmar, Arkansas, with her husband Tony Wells and daughter Rylee Jo. Tony is a calf roper and farrier. Both the Lowry children attended college on rodeo scholarships.
According to Charlie, rodeo has been good to his family. "Rodeo has not only provided a livelihood and a common bond for our family, " says Lowry. "It has provided an opportunity to make and develop friendships that last a lifetime." (for this and more information, please see the Lowry Family's website athttp://www.4lrodeo.com/home.)