From Staff Reports
Swing those gates open and let it rip. It’s rodeo time in Mineral Wells.
More than 400 professional cowboys and cowgirls have registered to take part in the 77th Annual Mineral Wells Pro Rodeo, put on by stock provider and producer Rafter G in conjunction with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
The rodeo staged Slack Night on Wednesday to let its overbooked contestants compete, while tonight marks opening night of the rodeo’s three-day run, taking place at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association arena, 700 FM Road 1821 North.
Advance tickets are $10 adults and $5 for youth (children ages 5 and under are free). At the ticket prices are $12 and $6. The action gets under way ay 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday.
The annual Mineral Wells Rodeo trail ride is scheduled to make its usual trek from the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse grounds near Weatherford to Millsap then into Mineral Wells in time for this evening’s rodeo parade downtown beginning at 5 p.m.
Friday evening’s dance at the Expo Center features Kinneth Doyle and The Texas Dance Hall Band. Admission is $5 with any night’s rodeo ticket stub, or $10 without. Beer will be sold inside; no alcohol can be brought in.
On Saturday morning is the AnyTime Fitness 5K Rodeo Fun Run or Walk beginning at 8 a.m. The event will use the walking/riding trail from FM Road 1821 into downtown Mineral Wells and back. Call 940-328-0400 or go to www.anytimefitness.com/gyms/1288/email for more information.
Now for the competitors.
One Mineral Wells resident is set to compete this week, 44-year-old team-roper Justin Parish, who has been a PRCA member since 1994.
As usual, many cowboys and cowgirls from areas surrounding Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County will compete in the arena, including 20 competitors listing a Weatherford address.