Sunday, January 18, 2009
Bud Boomer with his prize rooster, Rex. Bud operates the local 4H club's cock fighting syndicate. Rex is one of the top cock fighters in the syndicate. "He pecks out the eyes first then goes for the throat," Bud said proudly, describing Rex's fighting skills. In the ring Rex is called TRex. "It psychs the other roosters out," he said when asked why he chose the name. You can see Rex in action behind the Knights of Columbus Hall on Quincy Avenue every Saturday night at 9:00 P.M. Remember, cock fighting is illegal in the Confederacy so Bud asks that you park at the Dairy Queen and walk. “We gotta keep them cops from shutten us down,” Bud said to this reporter during recess at Confederacy Elementary. Bud is generous with his earnings from cock fighting and uses them to support his 4H club's "Shop With a Cop" program for disadvantaged kids.