It wasn’t a real rodeo but these kids rode and roped with the enthusiasm of even the best of the seasoned cowboys.
Kries Chapa, with Moon River Marketing and Event Planning, along with rodeo champion Ardie Maier and rodeo announcer Shane Burris, spent the past several days going from school to school meeting the kids and holding these mini rodeos.
Chapa said that all the youth from the area are invited out to watch the Lil’ Britches Buck-Out scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday on the Tractor Supply parking lot in Beeville.
Helaping them will be the H-E-B Buddy mascot.
“We have invited children to join us... to show us how they ride their stick bulls,” Chapa said.
These little ones will show off their own bucking style on the stick bulls donated by Tractor Supply in the official round pen of the Lil’ Britches Buck-Out.
They will be judged by the CBR bull fighters, Paul Baca Jr. with State Farm Insurance of Beeville, Bebe Adamez with Kicker 106 Radio, Lou Trlica of the Bee County Expo Center and others.
Five kids will be chosen to perform their ride at the actual CBR performance on Valentine’s Day at the Bee County Expo Center where they will have their own “short round.”
On Sunday, cowboys and girls are invited to the Bee County Expo Center to watch some of the biggest, baddest bulls try their best to buck the toughest cowboys, starting at 7 p.m.
This will be the first Championship Bull Riding Inc. event presented in Beeville.
Maier said that he knows many of the riders coming this weekend, having ridden with them many times.
“There will be some of the best guys in the U.S. It is going to be top notch,” Maier said. “It is world champions... Some of the best guys you see on TV every week are going to be there.”
Maier knows of what he speaks as he has been riding nearly all of his life.
“I started when I was 4 years old,” he said. “I grew up in a rodeo family. Now I do it for a career.”
And that career takes him across the country.
“I was on the road last year about 320 days,” he said.
My home is South Dakota but I am rarely there.”
In addition to a full performance, the arena will be transformed into a lighted stage by Budweiser where a dance will follow, featuring RCA recording artist J.R. Castillo and Unwound.
Tickets for the night’s performance and dance are $10 presale and $15 at the gate. Kids age 6 and under are free.
Full concessions will be available.
Presale tickets are on sale at all of the Pantry Store locations in Beeville, Cavender’s in Corpus Christi, the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Bee County Expo Center.
There will be a special gift for the first 100 ladies with paid admission.