Mexia rodeo aims to stay top UPRA event


Mexia-area youth get to show their rodeo skills in youth-only events before the main rodeo, such as this young man roping a calf in last year’s event. This year’s 84th Annual Mexia Rodeo will take place June 26-28 at the Mexia Rodeo Grounds on FM 39. Mexia News file photo

Organizers of the 84th Annual Mexia Rodeo are urging residents to come be a part of the fun and excitement this Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28. The rodeo is on a roll, having been voted the United Professional Rodeo Association’s “Rodeo of the Year” the past nine years, and is doing everything it can to make this year No. 10.
So many people want to compete in the event that they couldn’t fit in to the three rodeo days, so slack events take place Wednesday evening, when extra entrants compete for a place in the regular rodeo times.
Contestants from all over the country and state flock to the Mexia Rodeo because of all the cash prizes awarded. There is $16,500 added to the regular cash prizes, plus $2,000 added money for wild cow milking and $1,000 added for double mugging. Contestants also earn points since the Mexia Rodeo is sanctioned both by the UPRA and the Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association.
Rodeos offer fun for all ages, and local families may get to see their kids take part in the youth events that precede the rodeo Thursday-Saturday. Youth events include mutton bustin,’ breakaway roping, ribbon roping and this year for the first time barrel racing.

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