PRCA Rodeo visits Expo Center this weekend
21 years and counting, and there are no plans on going anywhere else.
The PRCA Rodeo will be at the Somervell County Expo Center on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, with approximately 350 contestants, according to Terry Starnes, event organizer. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. each night.
“It is a pretty big deal,” Starnes said of a rodeo that will award $50,000 in prize money. “For a small town it is a big rodeo.”
Starnes, a Glen Rose native, doesn’t see any other place for the PRCA Rodeo.
“I was born and raised here,” Starnes said. “We are a 501(c)3 organization, so we have to give money back to the community. And, to date, we have given back $60,000 in scholarships, plus we do deals with the nursing homes during the holidays by purchasing gifts for the residents.”
In fact, according to Starnes, the nursing homes will be the PRCA Rodeo’s special guests on Friday night as residents are admitted free and have their own section.
In the past, there was an FFA and 4-H calf scramble, but this year it has a new twist.
“This year, with the help of the extension agent and ag teacher, that money will go toward the kid’s next year project for the youth fair,” Starnes said. “A kid can win $300.”
The PRCA Rodeo, while a local event to Glen Rose, draws participants from all over the country.
“There are a lot of contestants that will come down to Texas and stay for the winter more for the big rodeos in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston,” Starnes said. “But, they will come to the one in Glen Rose, and they will come to a lot of the small rodeos.”
Starnes said he gets a lot of positive, quality feedback from the contestants and the community.
“It is very good feedback,” Starnes said of the event that is rocketing toward its 25th installment. “Glen Rose is a good stop for them. With as many contestants as we have, they pay the entry fee, and we add $1,200 to every event. It is a pretty good payday.”
The PRCA Rodeo serves as a qualifier for the NFR Rodeo in Las Vegas - rodeo’s version of the Super Bowl.
“It is a sanctioned event,” Starnes said. “The dollars you get here could be the dollars that get you to Las Vegas in December for the Wrangler National Finals. We have contestants come in and then they wind up qualifying to get to Las Vegas.”
While the NFR event is still nine months away, Starnes pointed out that even at the midway point, the PRCA Rodeo could be the one that puts a contestant in the qualifying range for the NFR Rodeo.
“A rodeo like Glen Rose … you win a couple thousand dollars here and that might be the one that puts you over the top to run at Las Vegas for the big one,” Starnes said.
The stock contractor for the PRCA Rodeo is Andrews Rodeo Company, which, according to Starnes, has been named PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year, which is a huge honor.
“Their livestock wins awards every year,” Starnes said. “They have some quality stock. We will see a lot of the stock that was used in Las Vegas right here in Glen Rose.”
The PRCA Rodeo will feature all seven sanctioned events, including bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, ladies' barrel racing and bull riding.
Rudy Burns will serve as entertainment this year.
“We have our barrel man clown this year, and it is the same guy that was here last year,” Starnes said. “Rudy Burns from Mississippi will be in the arena as our entertainer.”
The event will feature the Brazos River Ranch Girls carrying flags between events, according to Starnes.
There will also be mutton busting for the kids, and those interested can sign up at the event.
Tickets are available at Tiger Corner, Storiebook Café, Country Peddler, Rose Creek Western Wear at the Expo Center and Arrow Feeds in Granbury. Tickets will also be available at the Expo Center box office the days of the event.
“This year will be a little different because we changed our ticket outlets,” Starnes said. “We have gone in and recruited sponsors to sell tickets. We have people from Austin and the Metroplex coming. We will see some growth with hotels, convenience stores, restaurants and even downtown getting business.”
Corporate sponsors for the event include Classic Chevrolet in Granbury, Skipper Enterprises and Cactus Creek Homes.
Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. He can be reached at 254-897-2282 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @GRR_Editor.