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Rodeo honors Bandera's arena greats


The local annual Memorial Day weekend Funtier Days celebration kicks off with the first round of Bandera ProRodeo PRCA and WPRA rodeo, beginning at 7:30 pm Friday, May 22, at the Mansfield Park Arena. Additional performances will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, also at 7:30 pm. The arena action honors Bandera's rodeo greats, the late Ray Wharton, left, 1956 World Champion Calf Roper, and Scooter Fries, 1950 National High School Champion Calf Roper. Ada Wharton will continue sponsorship of the tie-down calf roping event while Fries and his wife, Sheila, will sponsor the team roping event. Rodeo tickets are $12 for adults and will be available at the gate the nights of the performances. See ya in the stands!