Doors open at 6 p.m. and rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are invited down to the dirt on the rodeo arena before the show to meet the cowboys and cowgirls, enjoy free pony rides, bounce houses, stick horse barrel racing and roping demos. Kids can show off their rodeo skills with mutton bustin’. Participants must be over the age of four and under 55 pounds to be eligible.

Live music from Texas country artists and dancing are in the 8 Second Club, and there’s plenty of shopping and dining for the whole family. Eddie Deen’s BBQ, now the official caterer of Mesquite Championship Rodeo, is bringing its award-winning BBQ flavor and custom rodeo bites straight to Mesquite Arena.

Rodeo is the original extreme sport, with cowboys and cowgirls battling it out for thousands of dollars in prize money each week. The traditional rodeo events include the best of championship rodeo: bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. In addition to all the excitement of the rodeo competition, there is patriotic pageantry, comedy and kid-friendly activities, such as mutton bustin’ and calf scrambles.

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, where you can get $10-off vouchers. Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster, online at www.mesquiterodeo.com, by calling the Mesquite Arena box office at 972-285-8777, coming by to visit Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring five canned goods to the rodeo to donate to the North Texas Food Bank and receive $10 off admission.

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