GLEN ROSE - Glen Rose get ready to see some of the world’s best professional cowboys and cowgirls bronc ride, calf rope and barrel race at the annual PRCA Rodeo.
The event will be marking its 22nd year as it heads back into the Somervell County Expo on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. Co-event organizer, Shelley Starnes attributes the success of the rodeo to the fact that everyone loves a good rodeo.
“[The PRCA] is one of the best rodeos in the area and we get some of the top contestants to perform throughout the weekend,” she said.
According to Starnes, approximately 400 contestants from all over the country will compete for around $37,000 in prize money during the two-day event.
Since the PRCA Rodeo serves as a qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, all seven professional rodeo events - saddle bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing will be featured.
The NFR, which is held in Las Vegas, features the top-15 competitors in each of the seven events. Under the terms of the new contract that was signed in 2014 between the PCRA, Las Vegas Events - the Las Vegas promoters of the NFR - and the Thomas and Mack Center where the rodeo is held, competitors compete for $10 million in prize money each year. This year the NFR will be take place Dec. 1-10.
As for this weekend's rodeo at the Expo, the PRCA kicks off Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Bobby Kerr, winner of the Mustang Heritage, will be out to perform for the crowd. Other events will see the return of Rudy Burns as the rodeo clown. Each night Glen Rose FFA and 4-H members will participate in the calf scramble.
During last year's PRCA inside the Expo, Justin Shaffer's impressive 3.3-second mark in steer wrestling set a new arena record for the event. The first-place finish netted the cowboy $1,254.
Other event winners included team ropers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, Taylor Price on bareback, Tyrell Smith on the saddle bronc, Cimarron Boardman in the tie-down, Natalie Bland running the barrels and Cody Rostockyj on the bulls.
Additionally, any kids brave and willing enough to ride a sheep can participate in the Kids Mutton Bustin’. Participants must be under 50 pounds, and registration for the bustin’ begins at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $20.
Currently, general admission tickets are on sale at Rose Creek Western Wear inside the Expo Center, Tiger Corner, Storiebook Cafe, and Glen Rose Chiropractic Clinic. The price of GA tickets are $8.50. Reserve tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Starnes at 254-396-0670 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the rodeo at the Expo.
Portions of the proceeds will go towards scholarship funds for Glen Rose and Granbury High Schools, as well as other non-profit organizations around Glen Rose and Somervell County.
Starnes said that they are still looking for additional sponsors to participate as well. If you would like more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Starnes at the above phone number or email address.
Additional reporting by Travis M. Smith