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2017-05-25

Pro Rodeo–highlight of Memorial Day events

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This Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th, 27th and 28th, the Bandera, Texas Community will host its 34th annual PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) sanctioned rodeo at the historic Mansfield Park arena. Bandera is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World. It does not matter that Bandera County has a population of less than 21,000 people, we host a rodeo weekend that has historically drawn champion cowboys from all over the United States and spectators from all over the world.
Bandera ProRodeo provides the opportunity for the spectators to be up close to the professional cowboys and cowgirls who compete in the rodeo. The producer of the rodeos, RafterG Rodeo, is the perfect producer for Bandera ProRodeo because, like Bandera, RafterG is legendary. RafterG, started by Neal Gay, has produced rodeos for 60 years, producing the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo known as “The Biggest Around” as well as rodeos for “smaller” communities like Bandera. The January 2017 edition of the “Western Horseman” featured the Neal Gay family with the title of “RODEO GENES, How Neal Gay’s Family & Rough Stock Launched Rodeo to New Heights.”
Entertainment will be by John Harrison. John Harrison is a high energy Rodeo Clown with strong, professional acts. Do not be surprised if he scales the arena barriers to join the crowd. John has received many awards for his performances including, the 2013 & 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Barrelman, the 2014 Coors Man in the Can & Comedy Act of the Year, and the 2015 PRCA Comedy Act of the Year. John provides the fun, lively atmosphere a crowd should expect & enjoy at a rodeo.
These rodeos provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy good, clean fun. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Food, crafts and the electronic bucking bull will be available at the arena grounds This year’s events include: Grand Entry: Everyone who brings his or her horse (with proof of Coggins) can ride in the Grand Entry. Wrangler Stick Horse Races. The sign up for the Wrangler Stick Horse Races starts at 6:00 p.m. These races happen before the rodeo starts. Your youngsters will have great fun as they get to race their stick horses in the arena. Prizes are awarded to the winners. Justin Mutton Bustin’. The sign up for the Justin Mutton Bustin’ starts at 6:00 p.m. The number of participants per night is limited to 12, so be at the arena early to ensure your ride! Please note there is a weight limit of 45 pounds. Mutton Bustin’ competition occurs during the rodeo. The winner each night will receive a certificate for a free pair of Justin boots. Rodeo Entertainment. Grand Entry will start at 7:30 p.m. During the rodeo professional cowboys and cowgirls exhibit their skills in Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Barrel Racing.

Admission is $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 6 - 12, and children ages 5 and under get in free. The rodeos provide good, clean fun, at a bargain price! Come rodeo with us and enjoy our tradition of having great rodeos.