Get ready to rodeo Brown County.

’Cause it’s rodeo time.

The 44th annual Brown County Fair Association Rodeo kicks off its three-night run at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena, U.S. Highway 377 South.

Regular performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday.

This year’s rodeo will be an “all-Dodge” sponsored rodeo, which means competitors will be allowed to earn points to qualify for the Texas Dodge Circuit Finals.

Admission to the rodeo is $7 at the gate for adults, or $5 in advance, and $3 at the gate for kids and $2 in advance. A few box seats may still be available for each performance night. Call Jeanneene Johnson at 643-3545 for availability.

Rodeo tickets are available at KOXE, Scott’s Western Wear, Corral West, both locations of Citizen’s National Bank and the downtown location of TexasBank.

As is tradition, the Brown County Rodeo features eight events, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, ladies breakaway roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

Andy Stewart will be returning to Brown County as this year’s announcer. Andrews Rodeo Co. is also returning as the stock contractor and “Funny Man”, Cameron “Buster” Keeton, will bring comedy to the arena.

The rodeo may be the main attraction, but there’s “fun for everyone” goings-on before and after the Saturday night show.

The Brown County Rodeo Parade is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Brownwood. The route’s the same, but the direction has changed. Check out Thursday’s Bulletin, with its special 2007 Rodeo insert for a map and directions. Immediately following the parade, stay downtown, because the Spirit of Salsa Festival will be getting underway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyric Theater on Center Avenue.

The salsa contest includes commercial and amateur entries and live music. Tickets cost $5 each. Those attending will be allowed to taste the salsa and vote on their favorite entry.

And it’s not too late to enter. For information, call Michelle with Downtown Brownwood Inc. at 200-8665.

The Rodeo Dance, this year, will start at 8 p.m. Saturday and is being held in the Brownwood Coliseum with the Eli Young Band. Tickets are available in advance at KOXE, Wendlee Broadcasting, Lone Star Screenprinting and Lone Star Promotional Products, TexasBank, Citizen’s National Bank, Scott’s Western Wear, and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Advance tickets are $15, and the admission price goes up $5 at the door. An additional $10 cooler charge is being added for those bringing their own refreshments.