The Brown County Fair Association membership barbecue July 23 will mark the beginning of the 44th annual Brown County Rodeo week0. Rodeo activities will span over seven days starting with the barbecue at 5 p.m. July 23 and culminating with the downtown Rodeo Parade, at 10 a.m. July 29.

The Brown County Rodeo, hosted by the Brown County Fair Association, is a three-night event, held at the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena. Shows begin at 8 p.m. and run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 26, 27 and 28. Events will be bull riding, bareback, saddle bronco, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, girls barrel racing and girls brake away. All rodeo events are sanctioned by UPRA, CPRA and TCRA. Among the rodeo festivities is a specialty act by Buster Berry, the clown, and a guest appearance by Miss Rodeo Texas.

The rodeo dance, held on the final night of the rodeo, will be at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Eli Young Band is headlining the dance with Butler Hall opening. Doors will open at 8 p.m., July 28. Tickets are $15 in advance, and are available at Citizens National Bank and TexasBank, and KOXE, or will also be sold for $20 at the door. A $10 cooler fee will be charged.