The 76th Annual Palo Pinto County Livestock Association Rodeo will be Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11.
AS in years past, there will be mutton bustin' for children and the specialty act Melissa Navarre and Company, barrel man Cameron Keeton and bull fighters Andy Burelle and Josh Rivinius.
Slack begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, and is free to the public. Thursday will begin with one of the oldest and largest trail rides in the nation. The ride will begin at the Parker County Sheriff's Posse in Weatherford and end in Mineral Wells just in time for the Rodeo Parade that will begin at 5 p.m.
Thursday night, the rodeo pre-show will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by a rodeo. All adult and box seat ticket holders in attendance Thursday will be entered in a drawing to win $760 in honor of the 76th annual rodeo. The drawing will occur about midway through the rodeo.
Friday night, the pre-show will again begin at 7:30 and will be "Wear Pink Night." The Palo Pinto County Livestock Association will donate 10 percent of proceeds made at the gate to help local cancer patients with their needs.
Saturday morning begins early with the "Let Er' Buck" Rodeo Run 5K that will start at 8:30 at Mineral Wells Anytime Fitness. To sign up, go to www.getmeregistered.com or pick up a registration form at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce. It is $25 to register in advance and $30 to register the day of the race.
Saturday night, the rodeo will be followed by a concert and dance featuring the Thieving Birds. The dance begins at 10:30 at the Expo center, located beside the arena. Concert tickets will be $10 with a rodeo ticket stub or $15 without.
Rodeo tickets can be purchased in advance from any rodeo queen or princess candidates, or from the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce at 511 E. Hubbard.
For more information, visit www.bullridingrodeoconnection.com/mineralwellsrodeo.php or "Like" the Mineral Wells Rodeo on Facebook.