Top O’ Texas Rodeo returns for 75th year

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The Top O’ Texas Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12-13 in Pampa for the 75th time.

Along with the rodeo itself, the Top O’ Texas Rodeo will be bringing back their freestyle bull-riding.

“We are bringing back our freestyle bull-riding,” TOTRA Executive Director Cindy Kemph said. “We will have that at the start of the rodeo performance and towards the end of the rodeo. We will have the Muttin’ Bustin’ extravaganza during the barbecue and then the Top 10 finishers will move on to the rodeo performance on Saturday.”

Justin Russell of Wolf Creek Rodeo will be providing the stock for the event. Brandon Wren will be announcing the rodeo for the first time.

The dances will be held each night. Music on Friday will be Seth Ward and the Silence. Tickets for Friday are $10/person.

Saturday, Colby Cooper will perform with Mike Chisum opening for him. Tickets that night will be $20/person.

The dance floor for each night will be expanded to accommodate a larger crowd.

“The guys are going to be changing the fencing,” Kemph said. “We are going to have a bigger fenced off area to accommodate more people. We are expecting a lot of people to come. They are enlarging the area at the dance pavilion.”

The Kid Pony and Junior Rodeo will be held July 9. Entries are open for that event.

Other events include the Nickel Drop (Ages 6 and under) and the Calf Scramble (12 and under), Rodeo Parade (Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m., standard route) and Slack performances on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. (no charge).

Rodeo tickets will be $10/person and $5/child (5 to 12 years old).

Entries are open for the Top O’ Texas Rodeo Queen competition.

Kemph added a lot of work goes into planning the rodeo and she is excited for this year’s event.

“I enjoy it,” Kemph said. “When it comes down to it. The rodeo performances (are great). I get to work with a lot of awesome people. My Rodeo Board and I work year-round. I get to work with great rodeo stock contractors, great announcers, clowns, etc.

“I get to work with a great community with sponsors, people that buy the banners and people that support us and come out. That’s nice to know that all the work you put in for a year, people appreciate it and come out to support you.”

For more information, call 806-662-2873.

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