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July 3, 2014

Whitesboro gears up for annual rodeo

Whitesboro — As part of the July 4 holiday, an annual tradition will make its return to Whitesboro Friday.

Saddle bronc riders will take to the area during the 56th annual UPRA-TCRA-CRRA Whitesboro Riding Club Rodeo on July 4 and July 5.

The rodeo is located at 35 Noland Road in Whitesboro and will include fireworks on Friday night. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Then on Saturday night, there will be a dance and country Red Dirt music will be provided by the Jason Helms Band, winner of the  2013 East Texas Music Awards - Best Live Band, Country Band Of The Year, and Male Vocalist Of The Year.

Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Saddle bronc riding is a classic, favorite sport for rodeo fans and they will get plenty of it at the Whitesboro rodeo. Hopefully fans will witness the strength, style, grace and precise timing that it takes for a winning, smooth ride and high score.

Money added to the event totals $6,300.

    Events include saddle bronc riding, ranch bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer doggin’, ladies breakaway, barrel racing and bull riding. Family events include a kid’s calf scramble and a ladies steer scramble.

Rodeo fans will be able to buy some great Texas barbecue, and souvenir T-shirts from local vendors.

Bull Riding is the most dangerous event in the rodeo and the most popular with spectators. Every bull is unique, with different styles of bucking. Some bulls buck straight ahead and some are spinners where they buck and jump in tight circles. Bull riding requires balance, quick reflexes and intense physical strength. Courage is also a prerequisite for a bull rider. Riders are judged on their form and style and are disqualified if they touch the animal with the free hand.

The Whitesboro Rodeo is sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association, the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association. The rodeo contractor is the Flying C Rodeo Company.

For more information on the Whitesboro rodeo, visit the website  www.rodeo.com.

 

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