Rodeo sets off 64th year

By Gayle Bustamante

LOGOS EDITOR

The San Antonio Spurs begin their home-game hiatus, making room for a new set of spurs at the acclaimed Stock Show and Rodeo, kicking off Thursday at the AT&T Center.

The highly anticipated three-week event celebrates 64 years in the Alamo City, transforming San Antonio back to its western days in all its cowboy boot glory. Recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for the last seven years, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo anticipates another successful year, providing all members of the community with various attractions and events galore.

Made up of more than 30 committees, hundreds of staff members make sure they offer plenty of festivities for attendees of all ages, ranging from a petting zoo, carnival, food, shopping, and live music to name a few.

The main attraction lies within the rodeo itself filled with events, such as bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bull riding and more. The PRCA welcomes professional bull riders reigning from multiple locations across the globe, competing for a grand total of $1 million.

After audience members rally over bull riding and roping, some of music’s biggest names are scheduled every night to close the show. Kicking off the 2013 rodeo season is country music sensation Clay Walker Thursday at 7:30 p.m. A few additional musicians include Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Gary Allen, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley.

Moreover, the Stock Show and Rodeo continues to honor education through the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) scholarship founded in 1984, providing thousands of agriculture students with funding for college. The program raised more than $10 million at the 2012 Stock Show and Rodeo for students entering college in the fall and more than $123 million overall.

For more information regarding events affiliated with the 2013 Stock Show and Rodeo, please visit sarodeo.com or call (210) 225-5851.

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