The 15th annual Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Ranch Rodeo is kicking off next weekend and area ranches will be competing for the championship title in a variety of events.
Events will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday where eight teams will compete for a place in the finals followed by a dance under the stars with the Summer Dean Band.
“This event keeps the western tradition of Parker County alive, so that’s what our goal is,” PCSP member and Ranch Rodeo Chairman Blaine Peacock said. “The ranching industry is big and this simulates ranch work that the guys do every day, so that’s what we try to emulate out there.”
On Sept. 14 the competition will begin at 10 a.m. followed by open bronc riding, matched horse races, a chuck wagon cook-off supper and the Ranch Rodeo Finals.
“We have a new event and that’s a matched horse race, so it’s a straight 150-yard track, there are going to be 30 horses, and it’s matched two at a time,” Peacock said. “At 6 p.m. we eat supper off the chuckwagon and that’s $10 a plate, and at 7:30 p.m. is our championship round of the rodeo, so we take the best eight teams for the championship. Following the rodeo will be another dance under the stars with Jake Hooker.”
Tickets are $20 and children 10 and under are free.
“That gets you in all day, so you can go to all the events and the only thing extra is the supper,” Peacock said. “It’s a BYOB event, so we’ve got concessions but we don’t have alcohol.”
Since the event is BYOB, coolers are welcome on the grounds and vendors will also be set up selling western-inspired items.
“It’s our goal to preserve horsemanship and western heritage, and this event bring quite a bit of revenue to the city on the weekend — there are people coming from out of town, Abilene and some people from East Texas — so it’s just good for everybody,” PCSP Captain Jamie French said. “I like the western heritage and the fellowship of the people. This is an event where you’ll see a cowboy that you haven’t seen since this time last year, and it’s a social event that keeps growing every year. I think it’s the place to be on Saturday.”
Tickets can be purchased on the sheriff’s posse website at pcsp.net or at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.