Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
It is summer time and that also means it is rodeo time.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo is back for its yearly gathering as another exciting weekend of rodeo action awaits Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. The family-oriented event will take place in the Posse’s Rodeo Arena located on FM 105, approximately one-half of one mile east of State Highway 62 in Orange. The action begins at 8 p.m., Friday, July 20, and 8 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger.
Popular rodeo events such as bull riding, team roping, junior bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, breakaway and tie-down roping will thrill rodeo fans with plenty of excitement, thrills and spills.
The rodeo is a great way for the family to spend an evening together, and there are plenty of events to make you laugh and put a smile on your face.
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo is such a great event,” said Jamia Harris. “The community supports it so well. We just want to continue growing the rodeo by getting more sponsorships each year and have more people attend.”
The popular kids events include the Calf Scramble and Lamb Scramble, which children, depending on age, chase either a lamb or a calf in hopes of obtaining the ribbon tied to the animal. The lucky children who grab the ribbon win a fabulous prize too. The winner of the lame scramble will get a scooter and the winner of the calf scramble will get a bicycle.
Another really good event for children up to age six is the Mutton Busting. This activity is perfect for those cowboys and cowgirls in training.
There are also events for adults and teenagers, which require pre-registration and don’t include climbing on top of a 2,000 steaming mad bull.
The calf-dressing event, which is for teens, is a hilarious activity. A group of three to four individuals do their best to dress a calf in women’s undergarments and get it to a certain point in the arena before the other teams. It’s always a laugh riot. Call 409-781-1181 to register.
The Ribbon Run is for adults only and cost $10 per team. This was a new event installed during last year’s rodeo. Call 409-920-8324 for details and to register.
“The Ribbon Run is back this year, but it’s being done a little different in that it is a contest for the adults who are non-rodeo competitors,” she explained. “We lowered the entry fee this year, and the winning team gets 100 percent payback from all team entries.
“We will have teams from our five financial institution sponsors in the first heat, and then we will open up the Ribbon Run to anyone who wants to participate. We’ll do as many heats as we need to do, so it should be a lot of fun.”
Rain is always a concern during the Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo, but organizers are very optimistic about this year’s event after the previous two have been postponed. The 2013 event was postponed not once, but twice and held in mid-September to avoid the rains.
“It will have to rain a whole lot before we postpone our rodeo this year,” Harris said with a laugh. “It’s so dry out there at the arena that we really think we will be OK no matter how much rain we get between now and Friday.”
All funds generated from the rodeo help the organization to cover the costs of the event itself, but most of the money from the rodeo is used to fund scholarships for local graduating high school students courtesy of the Gus Harris Memorial Scholarship Committee.
For more information on the rodeo and events, visit www.orangecountysheriffsposse.com or call 409-886-2638.