Chisholm Trail Days, rodeo ride together

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Decatur’s western heritage will shine with a slate of related activities this weekend.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo and Decatur Main Street’s Chisholm Trail Days will be held concurrently for the second straight year.

CELEBRATING THE WEST – A little cowboy was one of many children lining the sidewalks in Decatur for a past Sheriff’s Posse rodeo parade. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Rodeo performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse arena on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.

Young cowboys and cowgirls can participate in mutton bustin’ each night at 7:30 p.m. The event is limited to the first 20 entries.

There will be two age categories – 6 and under, and 7 to 12 years – for calf scrambles every performance.

Other rodeo events include barrels, bulls, saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down, steer wrestling, ranch bronc, team roping, ladies breakaway and junior barrels.

Tickets at the gate are $10. For more information, visit

Special Spurs

SPECIAL SPURS – It’s not uncommon to see folks dressed in their western best during Chisholm Trail Days in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Following the last day of the rodeo, a dance featuring Tommy Hooker will be held 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. Tickets are $10 each or $100 for a table. For availability, call 940-399-9558.

Rodeo activities begin Saturday with a parade through downtown at 11 a.m. Line-up is at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Business 81/287 and Walnut Street.

There is no fee to participate, and all participants will be served a lunch immediately following the parade at the Posse Grounds, where awards will be given.

The parade will be pass through historic downtown Decatur, the site for live music and a myriad of events for Chisholm Trail Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vendors – including artisans, western handcrafts and pioneer vendors – open booths at 10 a.m. around the square, and there will be a fun jump, train rides, hay rides, pony rides, pony pictures, kids games and activities and a chuckwagon and tractor exhibit.

Live entertainment begins at noon on the DATCU Main Stage, and includes Cody Robbins, Brandon Gentry, Kate Moss Cowling, Megan Nichols Adams and Colt West.

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.

A kids’ stickhorse rodeo is at 3 p.m., and the homemade ice cream contest is at 4 p.m.

For more information, call Decatur Main Street at 940-627-6158.

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