Hold on to your hats Brown County. This information just in: This morning’s Brown County Rodeo Parade is one of — if not the biggest — rodeo parades in the history of the county.
And that’s big.
How big? Big enough that chamber officials warned Friday folks not in the parade had best come early with their hats, lawn chairs, cold water, friends and family to stake out their spot.
The downtown route is fairly traditional for the parade, but the direction is reversed from years past.
Starting off at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum, the route will go approximately two blocks on Baker Street toward Main; turn right on Fisk Avenue and continue south and east for five blocks, turning right again on East Depot.
Then after two blocks on East Depot, the route turns right and heads northward on Center Avenue for six blocks, angles toward the left at Mayes and continues for about two more blocks before taking a right turn on South Broadway, in front of the Brown County Courthouse, continuing for one long block, and turning right on North Fisk.
To finish, it turns left at Baker and returns to the coliseum.
Judging for the “best” riding club, float, antique vehicles, etc. will begin at 9:30 a.m. as the parade’s setting up at the coliseum.
Meanwhile, downtown Brownwood will be the place to be. Stores will be holding summer sidewalk sales, and the street will hardly be swept post parade when the second annual Spirit of Salsa Cook-off and Contest gets under way at the Lyric Theatre. That’s at 11 a.m. real time.
Five dollars gets you in the door and your own bag of chips, and then you’ll have at least 20 homemade salsa concoctions in which to dip your chips and try, and another dozen “professionals” have entered the contest at the business level.
The salsa tasting goes on until about 2 p.m.
The third and final performance of the Brown County Rodeo starts at 8 at the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena, Highway 377 South and also, same time at the Brownwood Coliseum, another Brown County tradition will get under way with the rodeo dance.
Eli Young Band is providing the music at this year’s dance. Tickets are available at the door — $20 each with an additional $10 cooler charge for those bringing their own refreshments.