Registration under way for parade kicking off Rodeo Heritage Week

September 16 parade is part of BIG Bruner Auto Family Kickoff Celebration

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STEPHENVILLE (August 7, 2017) — The Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo, is fast approaching yet again, and the TXPages Rodeo Parade is one of the feature activities on kickoff day of Rodeo Heritage Week, September 16-24.

The parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16, is open to civic groups, businesses of all kinds, fraternities, sororities,. clubs and just about any group you can imagine. The Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo Association has announced Bob and Darla Doty as parade grand marshals. Bob Doty is a former national champion rodeo coach at Tarleton State University and Darla Doty attained vice presidential status among Talreton’s administrative brass before her retirement, making the couple perfect for the union between the parade and Tarleton’s celebration of 100 years in the Texas A&M University System.

To register your business or organization for the parade, call Sheila Williams (254.485.1263) or James Andrae (254.965.5678).

Once registered, participants are encouraged to create and decorate their float, auto, wagon, horse, whatever will be used to transport your group.

Also September 16, the BIG Bruner Auto Family Kickoff Celebration promises to keep entertain park goers throughout the day. Events include the Cowboy Capital 5K and 1-mile fun run at 7:30 a.m., and following the parade is the Cooper’s Country Store dummy roping, and of course, the featured McCoy’s Mutton Bustin’, carriage rides and more.

Vendor spaces for craftsmen, cooks, fundraisers and more are available. Registration forms for all these activities are available online at

Burner Motors, Burner Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM & Fiat, TXPages, LLC, Cooper’s Country Store, McCoy’s and Tarleton are sponsors of the Rodeo Heritage Week festivities, leading up to the PRCA rodeo at Lone Star Arena Thursday through Sunday, September 21-24. Slack begins the competition before evening performances Friday and Saturday and a matinee performance to conclude matters on Sunday.

It’s the final weekend of the PRCA’s regular season,  meaning all the big names will be out on tour trying to either qualify for or improve their standing in December’s National Finals Rodeo. Stephenville has annually seen its share of cowboys looking for a strong performance to clinch their spot in the “Super Bowl of Rodeo.”


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