The 54th annual Brown County Rodeo begins on Thursday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Brown County Fairgrounds.   

The rodeo will feature the Andrews Rodeo Company, Tim the Wild Thang and his Team Ghost Riders and entertainment from the Lonestar Cowgirls and special guest Dale Brisby.   

The annual rodeo parade will take place in downtown Brownwood at 10 a.m. on June 3.   

Rodeo chairman Brent Moseley said he hopes for a good turnout for the rodeo and parade. “We hope everyone comes out and lines the streets to see all the floats and horses,” Moseley said. This year’s parade marshal is longtime Brown County Fair Association volunteer Bill Stewart.    

“It’s a real honor to be chosen as parade marshal,” Stewart said. “You have to put in a lot of time to even be considered.”   

Stewart said he’s looking forward to the rodeo as well, which keeps “growing and growing each year.”   

“The best part about it,” he said, “is that it only comes once a year, and it’s the only event of its kind in Brown County.”   

As for the parade, organizer Rick Phelps said lining up will start Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Coliseum. Phelps said interested participants can download a form at www.brownwoodchamber.org and turn it into the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office as soon as possible.    

Phelps said parade participants are welcome to throw candy, but requests that each organization doing so has walkers next to their float or vehicle to keep the crowd safe. “Just to make sure that kids aren’t darting out in front of vehicles,” Phelps said. “Safety is always the number one thing with me.”   

The rodeo itself begins at 8 p.m. each night with the grand entry. “Of course, we invite the public to come out and bring their horse and ride through the grand entry,” Moseley said.   

T.C. Long will continue as rodeo announcer this year. “Wild Thang” Tim Lepard is a fan-favorite rodeo clown with a group of trained monkeys, Team Ghost Riders, that ride on border collies like horses. “A lot of people think the monkeys are tied on,” Moseley said, “but they’re not. He literally sits the monkey on … and at the end he picks up one of the monkeys to show everybody he’s not tied on. Of course, the crowd loves the monkeys.”   

Moseley said Thursday night will be a special military appreciation night, with each branch honored and uniformed servicemen and women receiving free admission. The Lonestar Cowgirls will post the colors for the national anthem each night and perform some skilled riding, with some girls even standing on horses.   

Andrews Rodeo Company is known for its famous bull Bodacious, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee. Andrews also owns the reigning bull of the year, Midnight Bender. “We’ve got the top people coming to put on the rodeo,” Moseley said. “The best of the best. We’re honored for that.”   

The rodeo will have a live video board for the first time this year, Moseley said. It will provide high-definition live shots and replays.   

Tickets to the rodeo are $8 for adults and $3 for children and available in advance at KOXE, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Citizens National Bank (including the Walmart location), the Diamond R Store & Cafe, TexasBank and Leon River Mercantile.