The Taylor Rodeo Association (TRA) is “going big” for the upcoming rodeo. On Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, the rodeo will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

According to TRA President Grady Kunze, more was spent to make the event better this year.

“We’ve been going all out for advertisements this year and we’re getting a bigger band,” he said.

The music lineup this year features Kenny Orts Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, the Lucas Sousa Band will kick-off the evening. Later that night, Kyle Park will take the stage from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Kunze said the TRA would like to push for bigger acts and bands in the future. The plan is to draw in bigger shows in order to get bigger crowds.

As always, the rodeo will feature events like bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and more, including mutton bustin.’ Mutton bustin’ is the child version of bull riding. Winners receive a gift card for Allen’s Boots in Round Rock.

Due to its popularity, a third slot has been added to the rodeo.

“We usually only have Friday and Saturday night for mutton bustin,’ where 10-12 kids are allowed to ride,” Kunze said. “This year, we’re doing a special at 6 p.m., where we can put in more kids who want to ride.”

Children who want to compete are advised to arrive early. Mutton bustin’ participants sign up at the event. There is a weight limit of 60 pounds for the event.

There will also be adult and child calf scrambles, where people come out of the bleachers and chase a calf for a chance to win a prize.

For those hearty enough, there will be a wild steer saddling competition.

Steer saddling is where a team of three people get in the arena and try to saddle a steer released from a bucking shoot and ride it across the finish line.

While there is no age limit, people 21 and over are more encouraged to participate.

Mutton bustin’, calf scrambles and steer saddling are all free to compete.

Advance rodeo tickets are $12 for ages 6 to 12 and $17 for ages 12 and older.

Tickets at the gate are $15 for children ages 6 to 12 and $20 for adults ages 12 and older. Children under the age of 6 are free.

All ticket prices include the rodeo and dance.

Parking is $5.

Advance tickets are available at the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Allen’s Boots in Round Rock.

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