WPRC Rodeo weekend begins tonight

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Riding Club has selected one of its founding members, Leon Lester, as grand marshal for this year’s WPRC Rodeo Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on July 18.

The Wills Point Riding Club will have its busiest weekend of the year beginning today (July 17), playing host to large crowds of community members and visitors during its annual two-day rodeo event.

The WPRC UPRA Rodeo is scheduled to take place nightly on July 17-18 at the Bill “Ike” Allred Arena. Each night of the rodeo action is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., and feature the Flying “C” Rodeo Company and professional barrelman and entertainer Cameron Keeton.

Following a lengthening tradition, the two-day rodeo event will bookend the annual WPRC Rodeo Parade, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. on July 18 in downtown Wills Point. This year’s parade will feature a “Blazin’ Saddles” theme.

The WPRC announced this week that Leon Lester, one of the founding members of the riding club, will be grand marshal of this year’s parade.

The parade is scheduled to include a wide variety of entries, including covered wagons, horses, buggies, antique cars, trucks and tractors, pageant winners, political candidates, bikes, Gators and carts, as well as past WPRC Rodeo Queens.

As for the two-day rodeo itself, this year’s crop of Rodeo Queen contestants have been active throughout the community selling advance tickets to local residents.

Rodeo queen contestants are broken down into three age groups: Tiny Miss, age 6 years and younger; Princess, ages 7 to 13 years; and Queen, ages 14 and up.

The winners of the 2015 Rodeo Queen contest will be announced during the final night of this year’s rodeo on July 18.

Tickets will also be available for purchase nightly at the rodeo, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. on July 17-18.


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