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A wild week in Marble Falls as rodeo returns

Hang on to your hats as the Marble Falls Rodeo rides back into town Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, for its 63rd edition. The event features all of the rodeo favorites, including bull riding. Gates open at 6:30 PM both days, and the action starts at 8 PM. Photo by Luedecke Photography

The third week of July in Marble Falls should simply be called “Rodeo Week.” After all, it offers a full slate of rodeo activities from youth to professional starting Wednesday and ending Saturday, giving everyone plenty of opportunities to enjoy this wild and woolly sport.

The week kicks off with the Marble Falls Youth Rodeo at 7 PM on Wednesday, July 17, at Charley Taylor Arena, 3053 US 281 south of Marble Falls. Admission is free. It’s hosted by the Burnet County 4H Horse Club.

On Thursday, check out the slack performance at the arena with contestants in timed rodeo events who didn’t get drawn for one of the two main performances this weekend. It starts at 8 PM. Admission is free.

The main performances of the 63rd annual Marble Falls Rodeo are Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, at the arena. Gates open at 6:30 PM both nights, and the action cranks up at 8 PM. Admission on Friday is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger. On Saturday, ages 13 and older pay $15, which includes the dance following the rodeo and featuring the Adam Fears Band. Tickets are available at the gate.

The Marble Falls Rodeo brings all the traditional rodeo events to the arena: bull riding, barrel racing, saddle and bareback broncs, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, and steer wrestling. And for the youngsters, there’s mutton bustin’ and a calf scramble.

Trick rider Ginger Dukes returns for the 63rd annual Marble Falls Rodeo, which is Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, at Charley Taylor Arena, 3053 US 281 South. Photo by Luedecke Photography

This year’s rodeo also features legendary rodeo clown Leon Coffey and talented trick rider Ginger Duke.

The Marble Falls Rodeo Association, which organizes and hosts the event, has also added First Responders Night on Friday.

During that night’s performance, teams from area first responder units will get a chance to see who among them is the best wild steer saddlers. This event, usually made up of three-person teams, requires the participants to keep hold of a wild steer while also attempting to put a saddle on it.

Then, one of the brave souls tries to climb atop the bewildered beast to get it across the finish line. Teams pay $45 each with the proceeds benefiting the upcoming Pink Out Marble Falls.

On Saturday, everyone is encouraged to be “Tuff Enough to Wear Pink.” It’s a community-wide showing of support for breast cancer survivors and those battling the disease.

This year also marks the return of the Marble Falls Rodeo Queen contest. The winner will be announced during the Friday performance.

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