The San Angelo Rodeo is hitting a milestone in 2017 as it celebrates its 85th year. The rodeo was founded in 1932, during the Great Depression, to lift spirits within the community. The tradition has held strong over the years.
“We’re talking 85 years, that our stock show and rodeo was started by the civic events and the Chamber many years ago, and they tried to come up with something to bring people together. To this day, many people only see their friends once or twice a year, and one of those times, is the stock show and rodeo.” said Justin Jonas, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo executive director. “We’ll be ready on Feb. 3, when the first performance starts.”
Jonas said the event would not be possible without the support of the 30 members of the association’s board of directors and the 1,000 volunteers.
The 85th rodeo will include the usual 12 performances, over a three-weekend period, including the PRCA championship round and the ever-popular Cinch Shoot-Out. Tickets for the performance go on sale Monday, and SASSRA marketing director Tom Thompson said the final two events will sell out quickly.
“I just tell people to be in line Monday morning because that typically sells out.” he said, adding that the events were sold out within hours in 2015.
Livestock director Brittni Kaczyk said many of the livestock events will be coming back in 2017, among those are the junior robotics competition and youth food challenge that kicked off in 2016; and an agricultural science fair. A junior Texas Stars wether dam sale will be added to the more than 40 livestock events this year. The shooting sports competition will be held in August.
“Our entries look to be up across the board,” Kaczyk said. “Looks like we could get close the the 14,000 mark. We would be probably the only one in the state of Texas who can say that.”
The Premium Sale will be held Feb. 18, she said, and youth competitors will take home 100 percent of their sales totals.
Maci Schwartz, livestock coordinator, said many fans favorites will be returning for 2017, including the Mr. Boots Clown and Princess Competition, the Alon Carnival, the rodeo parade and the special edition stock show and rodeo.
The Mr. Boots Rodeo Clown and Rodeo Princess Contest will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Mr. Boots, 2130 W. Beauregard Ave. The contest is open to children ages 5 through 9. Entries are available at the store.
Carnival super passes that allow unlimited carnival rides for the duration of the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo are available for $90 only at the Coliseum box office until Feb. 4. A one-day unlimited ride armband costs $30. The carnival will be open every evening from Feb. 3-19.
Fairgrounds admission is free with a rodeo ticket or a carnival super pass, $8 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and younger. On Military Appreciation Night on Feb. 15, anyone with an active or retired military ID will be allowed free admission onto the fairgrounds.
The San Angelo Rodeo Parade will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 in downtown San Angelo. The route will begin at Irving Street and Concho Avenue; proceed east to Oakes Street; turn left on Oakes to Twohig Avenue; turn left on Twohig; proceed to Chadbourne Street; turn right on Chadbourne and proceed to College Avenue; turn left on College; continue to Irving; turn left on Irving to Beauregard Avenue; turn right on Beauregard and proceed to Randolph Street; turn left on Randolph; then proceed to River Drive and dismiss.
The Special Edition Stock Show & Rodeo, for children with special needs, will be Feb. 6. Registration for participants must be completed by their schools.
For more information about the 85th San Angelo Rodeo, go to sanangelorodeo.com.