A western extravaganza is planned Sept. 6-8 as Decatur hosts Chisholm Trail Days and the Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo.
This is the first year the two events have run concurrently for one, fun-filled weekend. Although the rodeo has traditionally been held in early September, Chisholm Trail Days was in June the last several years.
This year, rodeo performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. The Square will be the site for live music and a myriad of events for Chisholm Trail Days Saturday.
Young cowboys and cowgirls can participate in mutton bustin’ each night at 7:30 p.m., and there will be two calf scrambles every performance for kids ages 7 to 12.
Other rodeo events include barrels, bulls, saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down, steer wrestling, ranch bronc, team roping, ladies breakaway and junior barrels. Call-in is 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, (580) 276-5606.
Rodeo tickets can be purchased in advance from any rodeo queen contestant for $7. Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $3 for children Thursday night, and $10 for adults and $7 for children Friday and Saturday night.
A rodeo dance featuring Jake Hooker is Friday. Tickets are $15 each or $125 for a table that seats 12. To purchase tickets, call (940) 399-9558.
Saturday’s events kick off with vendors and booths opening at 10 a.m. around the Square, followed by the rodeo parade through downtown at 11. Line-up is at 10:30 a.m. at Sandford Oil at Business 287 and Walnut Street.
The Native American Warrior Society of Texas will post colors and have a drum and dance performance at noon. There’s a stick-horse rodeo at 3 p.m., and a homemade ice cream contest is at 4 p.m.
Sights and sounds of the Old West will echo through downtown when the Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters take to the street at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Musical acts performing throughout the day Saturday on the Square include Denton County Cowboy Church, 10 to 10:45 a.m.; Cody Robbins, 11 to 11:45 a.m.; J.D. Clark, 12:15 to 1 p.m.; Andrew Carman and Brandon Gentry, 1:15 to 2 p.m.; Shay Tuttle, 2:15 to 3 p.m.; Carolyn Moore, 3:15 to 4 p.m.; Weston Dillon Gentry, 4:15 to 5 p.m.; and Rod Ballou, 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Tyler Caster, Kate Cowling and Alex Raasch will perform between sets.
For information, visit www.wcsposse.com.