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News July 10, 2018  RSS feed

July 4th Hat Brand Rodeo

By Sherry Matney


Chris Villanueva from Buffalo, gave it a valiant effort on this bull but did not last the 8 seconds. 
Sherry’s Shots Chris Villanueva from Buffalo, gave it a valiant effort on this bull but did not last the 8 seconds. Sherry’s Shots The Leon County Expo hosted the Fourth Annual 4th of July Hat Brand Rodeo last weekend with contestants from all over Texas and many other states participating. The rodeo is sanctioned and cowboys and cowgirls accumulate points, throughout the year at various locations, for prizes and bragging rights.

The show began with an outstanding performance by the Catalina Cowgirls. The riders wore patriotic attire and synchronized their horses as they rode at top speed holding US flags.

Classic bareback riders opened the rodeo, then steer wrestling, then calf roping.

About halfway through the evening the rodeo clown called all kids to the arena and they preceded to chase calves in a "calf scramble." Three calves had ribbons stuck to their tails and the kids were encouraged to grab the ribbons. Those who were successful won a prize. Of course the bigger children, all boys, won while the little ones appeared to enjoy chasing each other.


Leslie Wallrath continued a recent tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence in the gazebo on the Leon County Courthouse Square at noon on July 3rd. 
Contributed photo Leslie Wallrath continued a recent tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence in the gazebo on the Leon County Courthouse Square at noon on July 3rd. Contributed photo The second half began with another performance by the Catalina Cowgirls followed by calf tying; saddle bronc riding was up next; and the very talented girls took their turn at barrel racing.

The climax came last with the bull riding. Several riders participated but only two made the 8 second buzzer.

The evening at the rodeo was an exciting one. The Leon County Expo has events almost every weekend and most are free. Add a little spice to your life and get out there!!



The Leon County 4th of July celebration, Funtier Days, has held a Domino "42" Tournament for many years. This year 8 teams duked it out in the 3rd floor meeting room of Leon County Annex I. Paul and Sherry Matney, of Buffalo, brought home the first place trophy. 
Contributed photo The Leon County 4th of July celebration, Funtier Days, has held a Domino "42" Tournament for many years. This year 8 teams duked it out in the 3rd floor meeting room of Leon County Annex I. Paul and Sherry Matney, of Buffalo, brought home the first place trophy. Contributed photo

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