By LIBBY CLUETT
The Palo Pinto County Livestock Association will present, on May 9-11, the 76th Annual Professional Rodeo. And with rodeo, comes royalty, pomp and circumstance.
Two girls vie for the honor of queen and one for princess. To achieve this, they have to sell the most rodeo tickets. The advanced tickets contestants are selling cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth, ages 13 and under. (At the gate tickets are $12 and $6, respectively.)
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. nightly and royalty will be crowned at the Saturday, May 11, performance. The following are the contestants, their sponsors and the number to call for tickets to support them:
• Ambra Burkheimer, a princess contestant, is sponsored by Fiberglass Systems, Palo Pinto County Cowboy Church, Lisa Ellestad-Boer Goats-R-Us, Matheson Gas, Holloway Horse Shoeing, Poor Boys Riding Club, Greg and Michelle Phillips and Accuracy Products. For tickets, call (940) 902-1211.
• Ashlynn Robinson, a queen contestant, is sponsored by The Sleep Shop, (940) 468-2790, HMW Fabrications, (940) 325-0300, Awesome Blossoms, Hayes Station Old Fashion Soda Shop, D&F Battery, Robinson Service Center, Coco’s Boutique, Penny’s Floral Shop, Emerald Lane Boutique and The Bead Barn. For tickets, call (940) 654-0440, (254) 433-1451 or (940) 325-3245.
• Klarissa Jo Henderson, a queen contestant, is the granddaughter of Dusty Rhodes and Ada Jo Rhodes, and is sponsored by the Mesquite Pit, Jake Maynard, Kerr Oil Field and Randy Cheek and Ray Haynie.
Parading through town
Many citizens will get their first glimpse of the royal contestants as they ride in the annual rodeo parade on Thursday, May 9. The parade is again put on by The Cowboy Church of Mineral Wells. Lineup begins at 4 p.m. near the old train depot at S.E. 3rd Street and S.E. 1st Avenue. The parade sets off at 5 p.m.
The route has changed once more and will add back in the jog toward the east and back on U.S. Highway 180. The parade will take the following path: north on S.E. 1st Avenue, right on S.E. 1st Street, north on S.E. 4th Avenue, left on East Hubbard Street, right on N.E. 1st Avenue, left on N.E. 2nd Street and south on Oak Avenue.
Judging will take place for the following categories: commercial, clubs, horse and rider, antique cars and tractors, children and youth and churches. Parade entry is free and open to all, but registration is required.
To enter, download an entry form at cowboychurchofmineralwells.com/2013ParadeEntryb&w.pdf. Print it out and return it by mail, fax or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form includes rules and regulations for certain entries like floats and riding entries. For more information, call (940) 452-8038.
For equestrians wanting to participate in the 2013 trail ride from the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse building to Mineral Wells, via Millsap, call (817) 565-3950. Riders should be ready to leave at 7:30 a.m. and the ride will start promptly at 8 a.m.
All rodeo events – parade, trail ride and rodeo – require horses to have a current, negative Coggins.