Grab your cowboy hats, boots and buckles, and ride on over to the 33rd Texas Black Invitational Rodeo as the beloved event returns Juneteenth weekend on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Fair Park Coliseum. (Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Grand Entry Parade begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Presented by the African American Museum, Dallas, the rodeo offers an exciting family-fun night as approximately 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash prizes in bronc and bull riding, calf and steer roping, barrel racing, a Pony Express relay race and more.
Kicking off with the Grand Entry Parade at 6:30 p.m., the fast-paced evening of thrills provides guests with a glimpse of the historical contributions that African Americans made in the settling of the western United States. The event also includes on-field kids activities, trick lasso performances, concessions, music and more.
“The Texas Black Invitational Rodeo – which sold out early last year – is the perfect way to celebrate Juneteenth,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., president and CEO of the African American Museum, Dallas. “And as exciting as the competition is, the event also serves as a wonderful opportunity to tell the often-forgotten stories of Black cowboys and cowgirls who played a vital role in shaping the American West, especially in Texas.”
Members from the Dallas Chapter and the North Dallas Chapter of the National Panhellenic Council will serve as grand marshals.
Sponsors are the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Frost Bank, KIPP Texas Public Schools, Trinity Review Services, Judge Staci Williams of the Texas 101st District Court, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, State Fair of Texas and OVG360.
Media partners are Fox 4 and More 27, Majic 94.5 and 97.9 The Beat, and I Messenger, Texas Metro News and Garland Journal.
Rodeo tickets are $10 and $15, and VIP seats are $25 and $30 (plus applicable fees) at fairparktix.com. Tickets also are available at the museum and at the Coliseum the day of the event. (However, last year’s event sold out early.)
The Coliseum is located in Fair Park at 1438 Coliseum Dr., Dallas, Texas 75210.
HOE DOWN BARBEQUE DETAILS
The public is also invited to the annual Hoe Down, featuring barbeque fixings and live entertainment at the African American Museum, Dallas on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Texas urban country-western singer KimaLee Dawn, who was the first Black Texas Rodeo Queen, will perform that evening along with a deejay. Hoe Down tickets are $15 per person. For tickets and details, go to the Museum or call 214-565-9026. The Museum is located at 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.