The Brown County Rodeo will have a few more features this year, catering to children and shoppers looking for homemade goods.

The 2018 Brown County Rodeo will feature goat roping and mutton busting for the first time this year, along with having a marketplace with a focus on homemade products.

“The mutton busting will go on each night of the rodeo, Thursday, Friday and Saturday so the kids will be able to ride a sheep,” Brown County Rodeo Board Member Katy Kuhl said. “The goat roping will be Saturday only and we will open the books at 12:30 p.m. and start at 1 or 1:30 p.m. The goat ropers will not be in the rodeo arena during the rodeo. The people that run the goat roping are doing their own separate location and that will be set up in the parking lot or the field outside of the arena.”

While mutton busting will be for children, goat roping will be for kids and adults. Kuhl described it as an extremely challenging event because goats offer a much smaller target than a calf.

“Goat roping is an up and coming thing that has become pretty popular in a lot of places,” Kuhl said. “Comanche just had their rodeo. They had goat roping and had a huge turnout. I would say more than 500 people entered. Kids can enter and adults can enter. It’s open to anybody and the goats are pretty fast.”

Unlike events such as calf roping, both header and healer are on foot.

“It’s not too bad. I entered the goat roping at Comanche last weekend,” Kuhl said. “You’re on foot and usually you have to rope them right out of the gate or you don’t have a chance because they are moving pretty fast.”

Another first-time attraction this year will be the marketplace, which will feature venders with mostly homemade products. Kuhl hopes the additional foot traffic from the marketplace will inspire people to visit the rodeo grounds.

“We’re going to do it a lot like the Stagecoach Marketplace Days that are coming up,” Kuhl said. “We’re going to try to push more clothing, jewelry and homemade items. It’s just a lot of variety for people to be able to come out and shop. Our goal is to try and get a variety of people out there. We feel like the market days will push more people out to the arena and get more people involved. There will be a variety of activities and not just the rodeo.”

With the rodeo launching its first foray into retail sales, Kuhl said she received a strong response from venders with between five and 10 venders already signing up. She credited that response to a $50 fee for each lot, which she believes is reasonable.

“We’re going to have them out there on Friday and Saturday,” Kuhl said. “We’re going to have it open on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. That is a lot of time for people to experience the rodeo and shop.”