Need more rodeo?

Kevin Holamon
A young cowboy pulls his hat down tight and gets two handfuls of wool before the animal is released and he gets to show his talent at mutton bustin' at the 2103 Zephyr rodeo.

After three nights of being a spectator at the Brown County Rodeo last weekend, it's time for the young rodeo hopefuls and future stars to take to the dirt stage themselves.

The Zephyr Junior Rodeo is just around the corner with events beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday and continuing Friday and Saturday nights. This year the rodeo is billed as the place "where memories are made."

The annual event has been in continuous existence since it began in the mid-1960s, with many dreams of rodeo superstardom taking root in the bucking chutes and barrel and roping alley. 

The rodeo is family friendly, so those with small children should have no worries about bringing them along.

This year's events will include mutton bustin', goat tying, goat slapping, pole bending, goat scramble, calf riding, barrel racing, junior and senior bull riding, break-away roping, tie-down roping, flag race and ribbon roping. 

The entry books open at 6 p.m. nightly, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. There are nightly jackpots, along with buckles awarded to the All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl after Saturday's events.

Snacks, meals, and beverages will be available in the concessions, including smoked brisket sandwiches. 

Admission at the gate is $3 for adults and $2 for children.