Hitch your wagon to a local rodeo, beginning this weekend

Don't miss the action at the Highland Lakes rodeos scheduled throughout the summer. Stock Photo

The first in a string of local rodeos begins this weekend in Llano and Lampasas.

The 78th annual Llano Open/Pro Rodeo rocks the Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152, on June 7-8. The event starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 8 and younger.

Don’t forget about the Llano Rodeo Parade on June 8 at 10 a.m. The parade will be downtown followed by a barbecue on the square. For more information, call (325) 247-5354.

In Lampasas, the Riata Roundup features team roping, live music, pony rides, the crowning of a queen, stick-horse races and a rodeo both nights, June 7-8. A dance follows at Lometa Regional Park. To reach the park, go to FM 581 and U.S. 183, then south one mile on 183. For more, call the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at (512) 556-5172 or toll free at (866) 556-5172.

Rootin’, tooting’ cowboys everywhere!

Rodeos feature a mix of events, such as bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

Here’s a list of the other summer action you won’t want to miss!

BURNET
June 14-15
Burnet Rodeo at the Burnet County Fairgrounds and Rodeo Arena on Houston Clinton Drive, just off U.S. 281. Sponsored by the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association. For more, call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at (512) 756-4297.

MARBLE FALLS
July 19-20
The Marble Falls Rodeo Association’s annual Open Rodeo takes place at the Charley Taylor Rodeo Arena on U.S. 281 about five miles south of Lake Marble Falls, between 281 and Texas 71. For more, visit www.marblefallsrodeo.org or call (512) 755-5773.

JOHNSON CITY
Aug. 15-17
Blanco County Fair and Rodeo at the Blanco County Fairgrounds along U.S. 281, just south of the Pedernales River. It’s more than a rodeo — it’s a celebration of the state’s rural heritage. The three-day event includes a livestock show, a carnival along with its rodeo. And this year, the rodeo and fair are celebrating 83 years of fun and entertainment. For more, call the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce at (830) 868-7684 or visit www.bcfra.org.