Start it up: Earlier Jubilee Days kicks off mid-week
Jubilee Days, Rockdale's annual summertime event, returns to its traditional place on the calendar this week with a rodeo, dances, barbecue cookoff and more.
Events were to have gotten under way Wednesday with team roping in the Fair Park arena and will continue through Saturday night's dance with Cody Hughes Davidson in the park pavilion.
The Jubilee Days barbecue cookoff, a big favorite last year, returns and an old favorite, Mutton Bustin,' for children weighing less than 50 pounds, is back on the schedule.
Until 2001 Jubilee Days was held in June but the event moved to July that year and remained on that month's docket for eight consecutive years.
Advanced tickets are $10 adults, $5 for age 12-and-under and senior citizens.
On Friday, advanced ticket prices rise to $15. One-night tickets at the gate are $10 each night.
Tickets are available at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale and Cameron, Rockdale Federal Credit Union in Rockdale and Thorndale, Whiteley Farm Supply, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, M&M Farm Supply in Cameron, Bank of Texas in Thorndale, White's Leather Works in Milano and Stanley Lynd Autoplex in Cameron.
Team roping is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday with barrel racing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Roping & Cutting Club Arena.
Top five youth from Thursday's barrel races move into the Friday night full rodeo. Top five from Milam County will race in Saturday's rodeo.
Full-scale rodeo action is on tap for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
'Bustin' and mugging'
Mutton bustin' signup starts at 6:30 p.m. each night in front of rodeo arena concession stand. The event is open to children weighing under 50 pounds. Sponsor is Milam County Livestock Auction in Cameron.
The first 30 to sign up will ride at 7 p.m. with top 5 to ride again during the rodeo. Winners each night will get a trophy/belt buckle. No pre-entries accepted and entry fee is $10 each.
Rodeo organizers are also adding a new event, "double mugging" (like calf roping with larger cattle) open to all local cowboys.
The event will be held Friday and Saturday during the rodeo performance.
There w ill be a $60 entr y fee with 10 teams performing each night with the rest competing during slack after the show. Entries are still open. Call Daniel Garrison at 512-657-1666.
Anyone interested in competing in the barbecue cookoff may call Brady Nelson at 446-6919.
Last year's inaugural cookoff drew 16 teams and was won by L&E Cookers of Rockdale.
Dances will have a local flavor as Rockdale native Lange Debault and his band take the stage from 8-12 Friday night and Cody Hughes Davidson performs from 9-12 at the Saturday night dance.
Jubilee Days is sponsored by Stanley Lynd Autoplex, Dodge Trucks, Jack Hilliard Distributing and Bud Light. Rodeo event sponsors are B&S Tire, Whiteley Farm Supply, Custom Tack, White's Leather Works, Texas Propane, Milam County Cowboy Church.
Tractor pull is sponsored by Taylor Equipment.
JUBILEE DAYS SCHEDULE
Wednesday • 7 p.m., team roping.
Thursday • 7:30 p.m., barrel racing.
Friday • Barbecue cookoff • 7 p.m., Mutton Bustin'. • 8 p.m., rodeo. • 9 p.m. to midnight, dance with Lange Debault.
Barbecue cookoff • 12-noon, tractor pull. • 7 p.m., Mutton Bustin'. • 8 p.m., rodeo. • 9 p.m. to midnight, dance with Cody Hughes Davidson.