Bell County PRCA Rodeo back for 25th year
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 by Justin Cox
It's one of the iconic events of Texas, and from Feb. 9 through 11, the rodeo makes its triumphant annual return to Bell County.
For the 25th consecutive year, the Bell County Expo Center will host the Bell County PRCA Rodeo, set to begin thrilling spectators and fans of the classic Western spectacle on Thursday night, Feb. 9.
The event will take place throughout the weekend and conclude with festivities Saturday night.
The show will feature PRCA rodeo performances every night at 7:30 p.m. with pre-show activities starting at 7 p.m.
The rodeo is held every year in conjunction with the Bell County Youth Fair, and all of the net proceeds from the Rodeo go to the youth fair board to directly benefit the youth of Bell County.
Nightly events will include bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down and team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the fan favorite, bull riding.
38-year veteran rodeo clown Rudy Burns is marked as one of the highlights of this year, along with three-time Announcer of the Year Boyd Polhamus serenading the crowd with his colorful commentary throughout the events.
Thursday night is Military Appreciation Night, worth a $2 discount to those who bring a valid military ID.
In addition to money provided by the Youth Fair Board, the Rodeo supports scholarships for qualifying students across Bell County. Last year, the Bell County Youth Fair awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to local area youth for their dedication, hours of planning and work by volunteers who care about the youth of Bell County and strive to both teach and preserve the Western culture that so dominates the landscape of the great State of Texas.