This past Saturday, my family enjoyed visiting the Tejas Rodeo Company’s Saturday rodeo with 6 other families from work. We all had children ranging in ages from preschool through elementary school. EVERYONE had a blast! As someone who (proudly) did NOT grow up in Texas, I don’t always agree with everyone’s Texas-sized ideas of fun. This was a blast though. Rodeo events running from March through November each year, is a must do for anyone living near San Antonio.
The actual rodeo starts at 7pm on Saturday nights with live music to follow, around 930pm. The tickets were a very reasonable $10 each with discounts for children and military. Details here. The gates actually open at 5pm and we got there around 6:30pm. That gave us a chance to secure premium seating and get some grub before the long lines formed. I have it on good authority that while the actual rodeo is going on, the lines take forever! They do have a loud speaker to let you know when you’re food is ready, as long as you’re listening for your name you should be fine. And get the fries, they’re the slender, crispy kind. Addicting!
The rodeo started at 7pm and lasted through 9pm with bull riding, barrel races (even some 7 year old competitors!), mutton races (children riding buckin’ sheep!), and a calf run where children under 12 years old are invited to chase calves with tickets pinned to their tails. Children who capture the flag get free McDonalds kid meals! All the girls in our group had a blast during this event, even a little girl, originally scared of horses!
Don’t let the small town feel fool you. The cowboys and cowgirls had impressive resumes as long as the food lines! Many had awards and prizes from the prominent, national rodeo circuits and one cowgirl had been inducted not once but twice into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. The kids stood on the fences around the rodeo, with cowboys bringing their horses up close for some petting love.
In the middle of the rodeo, they announced a woman winning a free steak dinner at the next door steakhouse. They then proceeded to surprise the wife of a soldier, deployed to Iraq but on leave for two weeks with her husband! They just hugged and hugged while the audience gave them a standing ovation. Not only did they pay tribute to the military with this, at the beginning they also prayed over the event and asked God to keep the soldiers and their families safe. Very sweet and something you might not get at the big time rodeo productions.
Address: 401 Obst Road, Bulverde, TX 78163
Event Calendar: http://www.tejasrodeo.com/calendar.php