The Real Cowboy Association‘s 18th annual Jackson, Mississippi Black Rodeo returns to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds this weekend.

On this week’s My City TV, owner and promoter Jarriett Edwards said, of the five events he produces across the nation, the Jackson iteration is a special one. In his last days, Jarriett’s late father, Frank “Penny Edwards,” implored him to hang on to Jackson.

“Jackson has been a great place to come to, a great city that has supported the rodeo from the first time that we came,” Edwards said. “Jackson also has history here.”

“It was from support and it was from the endeavors that (my father) took on to make sure we were able to bring tens of thousands of people from different states here: Atlanta, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, all parts of Mississippi. Some people have driven from South Carolina to Jackson. We have had calls from Portland, Oregon, Vegas, California… Arizona. Those people are buying tickets and flying in for this event and we just want be an association that we include everybody. This is a rodeo where everybody is somebody.”

Learn more about the origins of the Black rodeo culture and this weekend’s events on this week’s My City TV: