BONHAM — Top cowboys and cowgirls, gospel and country music artist Susie McEntire, the All-American Cowgirl Chicks and trick roper Anthony Lucia will highlight the 58th annual Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo July 25-27.
The family-operated rodeo is the longest running rodeo of its kind in Texas. It is held at the Kueckelhan Ranch arena located on U.S. Hwy. 78 north of Bonham. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-rodeo activities including pony rides for youngsters, a mechanical bull and vendors with western merchandise. The rodeo performances will begin at 8 p.m. with entertainment each night by the All-American Cowgirl Chicks, an equestrian drill team, and trip roper and announcer, Anthony Lucia. Rodeo events will follow the enterainment.
Advance tickets are available through Thursday, priced at $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 11. They are available at the Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce, Bonham Visitors Center, Baskin’s Western Store, Dennard’s and Tener’s, all in Sherman, Larry Dyson Motors in Durant, and Cavenders in Paris. Tickets will also be available at the gate each night of the rodeo.
Musical entertainment for this year’s rodeo will be Oklahoma native Susie McEntire who will perform Thursday night. McEntire, sister of Reba McEntire, began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba as the Singing McEntires. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she was again singing with her sister. Beginning her solo career, McEntire directed her talents to the country gospel side of American Roots music. She has earned numerous awards and nominations including being named “Artist of the Year” several times in the field of Positive Country Music. She also scored four number one singles on the Positive Country radio charts.
For more information on the rodeo, go to www.kueckelhanrodeo.com or do a Facebook search.
In addition to the rodeo, Haynes Kueckelhan offers future rodeo contestants the opportunity year-round to learn the ropes of handling livestock on horseback during special learning events in the ranch’s covered arena. The indoor arena also serves as a site for seasoned cowboys and cowgirls to practice during winter months. Spectators are always welcome.