Texas youth will represent all but 42 of the state’s counties at the end of this month and the beginning of March during the 77th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. The annual event will run from Feb. 19 to March 1 at the San Angelo fairgrounds.
“We’re up over 1,100 entries from 2008. Approximately 4,300 exhibitors will bring 9,200 livestock projects to San Angelo,” according to San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association livestock director Brittni McMillan. “We’re still working on the other 42 counties.”
She added that the SASSRA has added three new shows for 2009 — an open and youth Longhorn show anda certified Texas bred gilt show. “In conjunction with the show, we are planning a first production type gilt sale,” McMillan said.
Two more lamb breeds have also been added to the San Angelo show. McMillan said the new shows and lamb additions have fueled growth for 2009.
Another facet of the livestock show is the agriculture mechanics show. McMillan reports ag mechanics has shown significant growth with more than 280 entries this year.
“It’s a type of show where kids who may not have a place to raise an animal or the expense to participate in our show can compete” McMillan added.
SASSRA organizers estimate more than 120,000 people will visit the fairgrounds over the 10-day run of the show. A number of those folks will venture onto the Community Medical Center Midway for the Bill Hame’s Carnival. Fairgoers can purchase an all-you-can-ride wristband while the carnival is open for under $60.
A new and separate midway attraction is designed for the brave of heart. “The Human Ejection Seat” will fire participants into the air over 200 feet before returning them to earth attached to a bungee cord.
Also new for 2009 is a concert featuring three Texas music acts in the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena. Josh Abbott will headline with Whiskey Myers and Rich O’Toole. Tickets may be purchased separately at $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The concert will start at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21.
February is a busy month on the fairground as rodeo slack kicks off the annual celebration Feb. 10–17. Rodeo contestants are hoping to punch their tickets to the championship Saturday night on Feb. 28. The first of nine rodeo performances start on Feb. 19. On the second weekend of the rodeo, bring the kids as Tommy Lucia and his monkey and dog act will entertain. Ticket prices range from $9 to $28. Tickets are on sale now.