A Texas Hill Country tradition and centerpiece of Wimberley’s 4th of July weekend celebration this year will mark the 67th consecutive year for the VFW’s rodeo, hosted by VFW Post 6441.
One of the largest outdoor rodeos in Texas, the event will be held July 5th, 6th, and 7th at the Veterans Park rodeo grounds located three miles north of Wimberley just off Ranch Road 12.
Sanctioned by the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Assn (CPRA), each evening’s rodeo will include bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping and barrel racing, tie down calf roping, and bull riding.
A special event this year will be mini-bull riding, featuring 1/2 sized bucking bulls with seasoned riders ages 7-14. The bulls are bred and trained locally by Dale and Marylaura Doherty of Big D Mini Bucking Bulls on Lone Mountain Road.
In 2006, the CPRA named the VFW Rodeo in its Hall of Fame as the “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year”.
Famed bull-fighter, clown, and barrel man Leon Coffee will again be featured at each event. Coffee, who lives with his family in Blanco, TX, was named PRCA Clown of the Year in 1983. Long a member of the Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, Texas in 2004 for his more than 30 years of service to the rodeo industry.
Pre-rodeo entertainment will be headlined by The Lone Star Cowgirls, a mounted drill team with paint horse mounts and dressed in sparkling red/white/blue costumes. The Cowgirls perform for a minimal fee and donate a portion of any monies received to Homes For Our Troops (www.homesforourtroops.org).
Fireworks, two calf scrambles, and two mutton bustin’ events for youngsters will be included nightly. The gates for each Rodeo will open at 5:30, the first mutton bustin’ is at 7, and the main events begin at 8:00.
Vendors will be set up inside the air conditioned VFW hall offering hats, clothing, jewlery, roasted nuts, books, and more.
General admission tickets for the Rodeo are $12 for adults and $7 for youngsters 12 and under if purchased in advance at the VFW Post from noon to 6 p.m July 2, 3, and 4. After the 4th, tickets are $15/$10 and may be purchased at the gate. General admission parking is $4 at the gate.
Proceeds from the rodeo and all VFW activities support a variety of local organizations and community needs in addition to benefiting servicemen on active duty as well as veterans in area VA homes and hospitals.
Further information is at visitwimberley.com/rodeo or call 512-847-6441.