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Watch dust-flying action at Marble Falls Rodeo

Hang on tight during the wild action at the Marble Falls Rodeo on July 15-16 at Charley Taylor Arena. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night. The action starts at 8 p.m. Photo by Martelle Luedeck/Luedecke Photography

Saddle up for the 2022 Marble Falls Rodeo on Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, at the Charley Taylor Arena, 3053 U.S. 281. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The action kicks off at 8 p.m.

You bring the family, the Cadillac Rodeo Company will bring the steers and broncs. Legendary rodeo clown Leon Coffee, a Blanco native, will entertain the crowds and protect the athletes in the arena. After the dust settles both nights, two-step to live country music. William Beckmann performs on Friday night, while Adam Fears takes the stage on Saturday.

Friday is Pink Out Night for breast cancer awareness. Attendees are encouraged to dress in pink.

Admission to the rodeo, now in its 65th year, is $15 for ages 13 and older and $5 for children 6-12 each night. Kids 5 and younger get in free. The concerts are included in the ticket price. Coolers with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed. The Marble Falls Area Ag Booster Club will sell drinks and snacks as a fundraiser.

Watch bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, and more both nights. Kids can participate in mutton busting. They must be 4-8 years old and weigh 55 pounds or less. Limited spots are available. Sign up at Blair's Western Wear in Marble Falls.

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The Marble Falls Rodeo features the usual events, including barrel racing, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Another popular draw to the rodeo is the first responders steer saddling event on Friday. Three Marble Falls police officers compete against three of the city's firefighters by placing a saddle on a bucking steer and riding it to the finish line. It's a comedic show worth seeing!

“The Marble Falls police and fire departments have a strong rivalry,” said Jacque Horn, Marble Falls Rodeo Association director. “This year, the winners get MFRA buckles.”

Horn is the daughter of Jack Rogers, president of the Marble Falls Rodeo Association for 40 years and rodeo co-founder along with Charley Taylor and Bobby Burnam.

Now sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association and the United Professional Rodeo Association, the Marble Falls Rodeo began in 1957 and has barreled through exciting and challenging times. In 1974, the land for the arena was sold out from underneath the rodeo association, and it had to scramble to find a new site and build within 60 days. The current property was eventually purchased in 1991. The original livestock scales are still in use today at the arena.

In 2001, the association began giving out scholarships to area students.

The unofficial start to the Marble Falls Rodeo is Wednesday, July 13, with junior competition. At 5:30 p.m., rodeo queen contestants will be interviewed and ride a horsemanship pattern for judges. The queen will be crowned Saturday night.

A slack rodeo takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the arena for overflow contestants.

Admission to the Wednesday and Thursday events are free.

Tickets to the Friday and Saturday night events can be purchased online.

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