Marble Falls Rodeo Attracts International Visitors
MARBLE FALLS — The legendary toughness of the Texas cowboy is known around the world. That grit will be on display at the 61st annual Marble Falls Open/Pro Rodeo on July 14-15, drawing both Highland Lakes residents and visitors from distant lands (even outer space).
One of those visitors making the long journey to Charley Taylor Arena is Moonchester, the alien mascot for the Premier League’s Manchester City football club from the U.K. (That’s football as in soccer.)
“(Manchester City officials) want to get Moonchester recognized in the U.S.,” said Mike Dyer of the Marble Falls Rodeo Association, which organizes the annual event.
The club’s mascot is traveling across the United States shooting commercials for American TV at some of the nation’s favorite sporting events, including baseball, basketball, and football games, to drum up interest in the Manchester City team.
Moonchester will be testing his toughness by filming a TV spot with the bull riders at the Marble Falls event.
He’s definitely not the only non-Texan drawn to the Marble Falls rodeo. Others visitors have come from as far away as South Africa, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, Dyer said.
“Most come to the Marble Falls rodeo once a year,” Dyer said. “This is the only rodeo they’ll go to.”
Gates open at 6 p.m. both nights of the Marble Falls Open/Pro Rodeo at Charley Taylor Arena, located about 1 mile south of Marble Falls on U.S. 281. Admission for ages 13 and older is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Children ages 6-12 get in for $5 both nights. Admission is free for kids 5 and younger.
The rodeo events start at 8 p.m. and include roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and mutton busting for the kids, but the most popular one is the bull riding.
“Bull riders have a lot of nerve,” Dyer said. “If bull riders practiced the way athletes in other sports do, their bodies would be destroyed every day.”
Country singer Genevieve Allen will perform during a dance on Saturday night, included with adult admission, and tricker riders Ginger Dukes and the Dynamite Dames will amaze the crowds with their horsemanship.
The slack portion of the rodeo is 8 p.m. Thursday at the arena. Admission is free.
Cadillac Rodeo Co. is the stock contractor for the event.
The rodeo parade takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday down Main Street in Marble Falls.
The Marble Falls Rodeo Association continues to share its good fortune, donating more than $150,000 over the years to scholarship funds, local charities, and nonprofits. The Marble Falls Agriculture Booster Club is raising money at the rodeo by operating the concessions.
Go to marblefallsrodeo.org for more information about the event, including how to register your kids for mutton busting.
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