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Bulls, broncs, and barrels of fun at the Llano rodeo

A cowboy tries to hang on for 8 seconds during a previous Llano Open Pro Rodeo. The 2019 rodeo is Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152 in Llano. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Llano is the epicenter of action this weekend as the Llano Open Pro Rodeo thunders into the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena.

But the main event is just part of the fun.

The rodeo is Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, in the arena, 2200 RR 152. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Gates open at 6 PM with the competitions kicking off at about 8 PM.

Tickets are available at the Llano Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive, or the gates.

Watch bull riding, saddle and bareback bronc busting, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, women’s breakaway roping, and barrel racing.

Cadillac Rodeo Company is the stock contractor.

Get there well ahead of the big performances for the ever-popular mutton busting, which takes place before the main show at about 7:30-7:45 PM each night. Young cowpokes take their turns riding a rank sheep. It’s first-come, first-served. The kids can also participate in a calf scramble.

Before the main competitions Friday and Saturday, there is a slack performance on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 PM at the arena. Admission is free.

On Saturday, the Llano Rodeo Parade is 10-11 AM on the Llano County Courthouse square. After the parade, dig into barbecue served up by the local Boy Scout troop.

Later that afternoon is the Llano Fine Art Guild’s Pre-Rodeo Chili Supper and Western Art Exhibit and Sale from 4-6:30 PM. The supper and exhibit are at the gallery, 503 Bessemer Avenue in Llano.

The supper is by donation with proceeds going to the guild’s building renovation project.

Following the rodeo on Saturday night is a dance at the Ramblin’ Rose. Doors open at 7 PM with Ben Watson and Hired Guns taking the stage at 8 PM before headliner Jon Wolfe steps up at 10:30 PM.

Tickets for the dance are $20 for general admission, but if you have your rodeo wristband, they’ll knock off $5 at the door. The Ramblin’ Rose is located at 809 Ford Street in Llano.

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