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It’s rodeo time in Burnet

The Burnet County Rodeo kicks up some dirt Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and events start at about 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate or $12 in advance for ages 10 and older and $5 at the gate or $4 in advance for age 6-9. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Whether it's your first rodeo or you've lost count, you're in for the wildest show around this weekend when the 53rd annual Burnet County Rodeo kicks off.

“I’ve been going to rodeos all my life,” said Brent Nichols, a Burnet County Rodeo board member. “Growing up in West Texas, it was just good, clean family fun — and it still is. That’s why I love the Burnet County Rodeo.”

The Burnet County Rodeo is Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and events start at about 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate or $12 in advance for ages 10 and older and $5 at the gate or $4 in advance for age 6-9. Kids 5 and younger get in free.

Tickets are available at Texas Building & Roofing Supplies, 4000 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls; the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce St. in Burnet; Hill Country Auto Glass, 1100 Buchanan Drive in Burnet; Blair’s Western Wear, 2501 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls; and The Picayune, 1007 Avenue K in Marble Falls.

The 1st Calvary Division Horse Cavalry Detachment will give a demonstration on May 10, which is Patriotic Night at the Burnet County Rodeo. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Friday is Patriotic Night. Military members and first responders with IDs get $5 off admission. The 1st Calvary Division Horse Cavalry Detachment will give a demonstration that night.

“We had to book them more than a year ago because everyone wants them,” Nichols said. “They put on a great show.”

On Saturday, the Burnet County Rodeo continues its tradition of supporting cancer awareness with its Tough Enough to Wear Pink night. Everyone is encouraged to wear the color.

Nichols said a portion of the proceeds from Saturday night will go to a local cancer program or foundation. In the past, the funds helped a Burnet County resident battling cancer.

“We want the money to go to someone who lives here,” he said.

The rodeo features all the main events from bareback to barrel racing and a good dose of bull riding. Johnny Hoyle and the Cadillac Rodeo Company provide the stock. Nichols said that, year in and year out, they bring some of the best rough stock and more to the performance.

Keeping with the family theme of the event, kids can get in the arena for the calf scramble, the shoe scramble, and the ever-popular mutton bustin’. Due to the popularity of mutton bustin’, Nichols said they’ll run two rounds each night. The first one will be before the rodeo with a second one tucked in between events.

Parents can pre-register their kids at Blair’s Western Wear or at the rodeo grounds on either night.

There will also be live music after the action both nights with Kenny Orts & No Chance performing Friday and Fast Movin’ Train on Saturday.

Before the main event, team roping is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the fairgrounds. On Thursday, May 9, rodeo slack begins at 8 p.m. Slack is for non-rough stock competitions such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway, steer wrestling, and calf roping that aren’t in the two main performances.

Admission to team roping and slack is free.

For more Highland Lakes rodeo action, check out our Rodeos Roundup.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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