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Burnet County Rodeo back and bucking

The Burnet County Rodeo is May 13-15 at the Burnet County Rodeo Arena and Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. File photo

The Highland Lakes rodeo season gets bucking in 2021 with the return of the Burnet County Rodeo on Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15, at the Burnet County Rodeo Arena and Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. The event features legendary rodeo clown Leon Coffey and live music on Friday and Saturday nights and a free slack competition on Thursday.

Admission on Friday and Saturday is $15 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and younger each night. A ticket covers entrance to the rodeo and the concert after that night's competitions. Advance tickets may be purchased at Blair’s Western Wear, 2501 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, and the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce St. in Burnet.

The action begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but rodeo chairman Brent Nichols advised that people get to the arena at least 30 minutes prior to the start.

A slack competition is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the arena. Admission is free. Slack is the overflow for timed events, including team roping, calf roping, barrel racing, and steer wrestling.

On Friday and Saturday, kids can get into the action with the shoe scramble and mutton bustin'.

After the competition ends Friday and Saturday at about 9:30 p.m., the live country music begins. Trey Gilleland performs on Friday and Shane Schilling on Saturday.

Few love rodeos more than Nichols, who grew up around the sport and rode bulls, saddle and bareback bronc, and roped. Raised in Big Spring, rodeo was a way of life.

“If you wanted to find someone on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, you could find that person at the rodeo,” he said.

He's hoping for a good turnout to welcome back the Burnet County Rodeo, the 54th one after it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“I want them to see the rodeo and see how well taken care of the animals are until they go to work,” he said.

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