Rodeo plans come along

Johnny Leftwich (left) and Don Hunter (right) discuss plans for this year’s Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo Wednesday at the Gainesville Riding Club Arena off U.S. 77. The main concerns at this point are preparing advertisements to go on the chutes and painting parts of the arena. The rodeo is scheduled for July 13, 14 and 15, starting at 8 p.m. nightly. Rodeo fans may also be interested in the Whitesboro Chamber rodeo, scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

This still being June, it’s hard to believe Independence Day is around the corner — and on Tuesday, at that.

According to a press release from the Frank Buck Zoo, several activities are scheduled for the day, including a fireworks display shortly after dark.

Free parking is allowed on the baseball fields southeast of the park entrance and in other designated areas. Visitors may bring blankets and lawn chairs to view the fireworks show from the main Leonard Park area. The fireworks are to be shot from Moffet Park, and the public will not be allowed in there. West California Street at the Interstate 35 overpass is expected to be closed to facilitate pedestrian onlookers.

At a City Council meeting June 6, parks director Patrick McCage said the fireworks display would be comparable to the Veteran’s Day display last year.

The Leonard Park entrance is scheduled to close prior to the fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.

Park visitors are encouraged to picnic prior to the display.

The Frank Buck Zoo Trading Post is scheduled to be open for picnic and pool supplies. For those who would prefer to buy something to eat, the Frank Buck Zoo gift shop concession stand is scheduled to offer wraps, salads, sandwiches and pizza, along with drinks and sno-cones, throughout the evening.

Prior to the show, a special animal program is scheduled for the zoo’s ampitheater beginning at 7 p.m. There is a charge for admission. The zoo’s hours July 4 are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The zoo may be contacted at 668-4539.

The Frank E. Schmitz Express mini-train is expected to operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a charge to ride the train. Information is available by calling 668-4530.

The Leonard Park Pool hours on July 4 are 1 to 8 p.m. There is a fee for adults and children to use the pool. The pool may be contacted at 668-4534.

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