I was born in Louisiana, moving to Texas in my 20’s. Where I’m from, we had one rodeo a year. ONE. When we moved to Fort Worth, it took me a while to realize there were rodeos every weekend and that Texas knows how to put on a show!
When I was invited to take my family to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo for BBQ, horses, bulls and cowboys, I was excited to get back into the arena for a night of fun! (and it wasn’t only because of the cowboys!) ::wink::
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo has an exciting summer series every Saturday night, now through September 30, featuring family-friendly fun, extreme athletic action, and plenty of Texas flavor in the air-conditioned Rodeo Capital of Texas. Yes, that says air-conditioned!
“Whether you were born into rodeo, or have never set foot inside a rodeo arena, a visit to the rodeo is something all Texans should do this summer,” said Travis Wheat, marketing director of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. “This is true Texas entertainment as you watch these athletes prove themselves while you enjoy good music, food and making memories with your kids.”
And make memories, we did. (There’s a reason the rodeo was voted best family entertainment in Mesquite!) We started with some of the best BBQ in Texas: A dinner buffet right inside the arena, put on by Eddie Deen’s BBQ. This dinner was incredible, with a wide selection of your BBQ favorites. My husband said this was some of the best ribs and brisket he’s ever had and my son loved the pulled pork and sausage. I think they want to go back just to eat dinner!
After dinner, you can get down in the dirt before the show to meet the cowboys and cowgirls, enjoy free pony rides, roping demos, stick horse barrel racing and bull riding lessons. (Doors to the arena open at 6 p.m. and rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m.)
Your little buckaroo can also register for the chance to show off their rodeo skills with mutton bustin’ – rather than riding bulls, they ride sheep! (Mutton bustin’ participants must be over the age of four and under 55 pounds to be eligible). My son was SO disappointed that he wasn’t chosen for this!
Tickets for the Mesquite Championship Rodeo start at $20 for adults, $10 for kids (3-12 years old). Children under three are free.
Discount tickets are available at DFW-area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores and Boot Barn. Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster, online at www.mesquiterodeo.com, by calling the Mesquite Arena box office at 972-285-8777, or by visiting the arena Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.