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85th Rodeo Kicks Off; Parade and Street Dance Set

85th Rodeo Kicks Off; Parade and Street Dance Set
May 11
08:36 2022

This week will kick off the 85th Palo Pinto County Livestock Association Rodeo in Mineral Wells. The event runs May 11-14 at the fairgrounds and begins at 7pm each night.

The rodeo this year will once again include Military Night on Thursday and the event welcomes back Sergeant First Class Dana Bowman to deliver the country’s colors center stage from above. Bowman is a double-amputee veteran who sky dives into events carrying the American flag. Anyone in uniform with a military ID will get in free on Thursday. Anyone presenting a military ID and not in uniform, can purchase half-price tickets at the gate on Thursday.

Double Amputee Veteran Dana Bowman delivering flag at rodeo PHOTO BY KAY MILLER

Friday’s event is themed “Pink Out” and patrons are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer awareness. The rodeo production team donates a portion of ticket sales to local cancer centers. Following the rodeo, a street dance in downtown Mineral Wells in the parking lot behind the Palo Pinto County Annex. The Rowdy Decker Band will play from 9:00pm until midnight and there is no charge for the street dance.

Street Dance at 9pm on Friday and Rodeo Parade at 3pm Saturday

Saturday’s events include a rodeo parade along downtown streets at 3pm. The rodeo begins at 7pm and the final night includes the crowning of the queen.

This year two girls are in the race for the crown. Marilyn Stekol is the daughter of Misty Barkey and attends Graford High School. Aaliyah Brown, daughter of April and Mike Brown, attends school in Perrin ISD. The Rodeo Princess contestant is Kate Trammel and she is the daughter of Keisha and JW Trammell and is homeschooled.

Rodeo Queen Contestant Marilyn Stekoll
Rodeo Queen Contestant Aaliyah Brown
Rodeo Princess Contestant Kate Trammell

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