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Buckle up for Burnet County Rodeo

The 2023 Burnet County Rodeo is May 12-13 at the fairgrounds in Burnet. File photo

Dust off your hat and polish your boots. The 57th annual Burnet County Rodeo is Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, at the fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. The action starts at 7 p.m both nights. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The something-for-everyone show features traditional rodeo competitions — barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding among others — and is sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association and United Professional Rodeo Association.

Admission is $20 for ages 10 and older and $10 for ages 6-9. Children 5 and younger get in free. Parking is also free. A concession stand will serve refreshments. No coolers are allowed inside the arena.

Burnet County Rodeo Association Vice President Brent Nichols anticipates “between 225 and 300” contestants “from multiple states” will be vying for points to qualify for national championships.

Youngsters can take part in the action in mutton bustin', a calf scramble, and a shoe scramble. The last involves the kids tossing their shoes in a big pile and then trying to be the first to recover them.

And it wouldn’t be a rodeo without the comic relief of rodeo clowns, whose amusing antics often mask the serious work of protecting contestants by distracting angry bulls. Blanco native and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Leon Coffee will entertain the crowds both nights.

May 12 is Patriotic Night and May 13 is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, which spotlights breast cancer awareness. A portion of Saturday night’s proceeds goes to local cancer organizations.

Live music and dancing follow each night's arena events. The Jody Proctor Band plays Friday, and Bret Mullins performs on Saturday.

The Burnet County Rodeo Association is a volunteer, nonprofit group. It “takes about 40 people to make (the rodeo) go off smoothly,” Nichols said. The association stays busy year-round, sponsoring a demolition derby and barbecue cook-off and contributing to several nonprofit organizations in the Highland Lakes.

For more information about the rodeo or the association, visit the BCRA website or call Nichols at 512-663-2856, Cody Orman at 830-798-4018, or M.J. Cogburn at 512-653-2964.

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