A bull and his rider in front of the 'Let’s Rodeo' sign at the 2021 Marble Falls Rodeo. Bull riders attempt to stay on for at least eight seconds with only the riding hand touching the bull. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography
The Marble Falls Rodeo Association put together a winning team for raising money at this year’s Friday night event. While waiting for Saturday night’s till to be counted on Monday, Jacque Rogers Horn, a member of the association’s board of directors, reported that the proceeds from the first night of the July 16-17 rodeo broke a record and almost exceeded returns from Saturday night in 2019.
In 2019, Friday night raised $6,425 for the nonprofit organization. Saturday night returns have always doubled that. In 2019, the rodeo took in $13,997. That changed this year.
On Friday, July 16, the association raised $13,379.50.
“Our Saturday night is usually our bigger night,” Horn said. “This year, our Friday night was as big as our Saturday night in 2019.”
The rodeo was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Horn attributed the increase to several factors, including the first responders steer saddling contest, the Pink Out event, online sales, and the queen’s court.
Queen Kylee Jordan, first runner-up Savannah Dean, and second runner-up Kylee Richter brought in $5,820 in pre-sales.
“It was the first time we’ve done that,” Horn said. “I think a huge thing, too, was the first responders’ competition, and it was Pink Out Night for cancer awareness. And, the first time we’ve had online sales.”
Another first: The rodeo held dances both nights.
“I think everybody was ready to get back outside and be with their families,” Horn said. “There were so many kids there. This year’s rodeo was bigger and better than ever.”
Proceeds from the Marble Falls Rodeo gate fund scholarships for high school seniors and help purchase animals for 4-H and FFA students.