51st Annual Brown County Rodeo starts Thursday

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
The American Cowgirl Chicks are scheduled to make a return appearance during the Brown County Rodeo Thursday through Saturday at the Earl Q. Wilson Arena.

It’s time to saddle up again as the 51st edition of the Brown County Rodeo rides into town this week.

Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena. The Brown County Fair Association has contracted with Andrews Rodeo Company to provide stock, Ronald Burton will serve as the rodeo clown and T.C. Long will provide the announcing. Also, the American Cowgirl Chicks — who can be seen on their weekly television program on RFD-TV — will make a return appearance to Brownwood.

“Every year we have several world champion, past and present, cowboys at the rodeo,” said BCFA Chairman Brent Moseley. “For us to not be a pro rodeo and to still get pro guys means a lot. The community puts everything together and makes it possible. The Brown County Rodeo is one of the larger ones in the state at this time.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Scott’s Western Wear, TexasBank, Citizens Bank, KOXE, the Diamond R Cafe in Zephyr and Harry’s in San Saba. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children, while tickets at the gate will cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Rodeo week festivities actually begin Monday as the annual Brown County Fair Association membership appreciation meal will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the BCFA Home Economics Building. The dinner is free to current BCFA members and their families, and non-members can register at the door for $25.

Downtown businesses are also encouraged to decorate with a western theme throughout the week. Judging will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday and first, second and third places will be awarded to the “best decorated” businesses who register to be judged. For more information about Western Week or to register your business for judging, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 or email tourism@brownwoodchamber.org.

On Saturday, the yearly Brown County Rodeo parade will march through the streets of downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Participants in the parade should begin lining up at 8:30 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. Award judging will occur at 9:30 a.m. Awards to be presented include best in-town float, best out-of-town float, riding club awards, best decorated vehicles, best antique vehicles, best tractor, best horse drawn vehicles, best bikes/unicycle, and the Mayor’s Choice Award, selected by Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes.

Rodeo Week will conclude with a musical performance by Zack Edwards at the youth barn. Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday with the concert scheduled to run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.