56th annual rodeo begins Saturday

Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:50 - Written by Staff Reports

The 56th annual Tops in Texas Rodeo begins today in Jacksonville.

The long-held Jacksonville tradition will run from today to Saturday and includes a variety of events at and away from the rodeo grounds, 736 Mulberry St.

Festivities will begin today with a parade downtown at 6 p.m. Following the parade, about 6:30 p.m., the Jacksonville Riders Club will host “Party Behind the Chutes” with free hot dogs, drinks, dessert and some music, according to the event website.

Thursday will include a Chuck Wagon Luncheon by Project Graduation from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St. Lunch is $10 per plate and includes brisket, beans, potato salad and bread.

Rodeo events start Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena for Tough Enough to Wear Pink, where riders will wear pink in support of cancer survivors, the website reads. Thursday’s admission is free thanks to Trail to Christ Church.

Rodeo events will again kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena.

Saturday kicks off its Junior Rodeo at 8 a.m. in the area, and kid’s day will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the area. The Miss Rodeo Jacksonville Contest also will start at 1:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, with rodeo arena modeling, speeches and interviews. Professional rodeo events will start back in the area at 7 p.m., according to the website.

General Admission is $10, reserved is $12 and box seating is $14. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or at the Norman Activity Center.

For formation, visitwww.topsintexarodeo.co .