Tradition on tap for Jubilee Days Rodeo
This year’s Jubilee Days Rodeo will bring a different look with working ranch hands spotlighted in a competition that features cattle sorting, branding, doctoring, mugging and, the crowd favorite, wild cow milking.
Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club will sponsor the annual event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday in Fair Park Arena with barrel racing.
Teams in Friday and Saturday night events will consist of four members and show what it takes to make it through the day of a working cowboy or cowgirl.
“Teams will be made up of our local cowboys who work together every day, as well as teams that go to several ranch rodeos every year,” said Leroy Stephens, spokesman. “We invite everyone to come out and see the cowboys you can’t see working from the road and support the ongoing traditions of our past.”
Tickets Tickets will be sold at the rodeo gate. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under get in free. There will be free admission to the park for the carnival Thursday through Saturday.
Barrel racing is at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Roping & Cutting Club Arena.
Ranch rodeo action is on tap for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In the sorting competition, team members will have a number called to them by the announcer and must take those two specific numbered animals out of the herd of 20 cattle. “That may sound easy, but the cattle usually don’t want to leave the herd,” Stephens said. “Timing
and knowing how cattle ing
react to pressure is key to this event.”
Branding is reminiscent of the old days when cowboys roped the cattle and brought them to the fire to be identified for the herd owner.
In the doctoring, cowboys must rope a specified steer by the head and heels, similar to team roping, then remove both ropes to receive a time. “This event is a reflection of days gone by when there were no pens to take cattle to for doctoring if they were sick,” Stephens said.
The mugging event is much like tie-down calf-roping, only these calves are larger by about 500 pounds. “You also have to get the calf out of the herd, not out of a chute,” he said.
And wild-cow milking is just that. Participants rope a cow, get her under control and milk her.
“You also don’t have the luxury of having a bucket to milk into, only a bottle with a small opening,” Stephens said.
“This event can get a little ‘western’,” he joked. “Cows usually don’t like giving their milk to anything but their calves.”
There will also be a featured Calf Scramble for children age 12 and under during the Friday and Saturday rodeos.
Jubilee Days is sponsored by Stanley Lynd Autoplex and Rockdale Roping and Cutting Club.
Buckle sponsors are Milam County Livestock in Cameron, Custom Tack in Rockdale, White's Leather Works in Milano, Texas Propane in Rockdale, M&M Farm Supply in Cameron.
Top Hand and Top Horse buckles are sponsored by Whiteley Farm Supply in Rockdale.