SAN ANGELO, TX – Dozens of area children from 5 to 9 years old will try out to be a rodeo clown or princess in the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo starting in late January.
This year's try-out event will be held this Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Blair's Western Wear at 4230 Sherwood Way.
Kids are encouraged to dress as either a clown or princess, whichever they are trying out for. Children will be given a short interview as a part of the selection process.
Last year they had 48 try out and all of them were selected as Junior Rodeo Clowns and Princesses. The Princesses and Rodeo Clowns help out with the Mutton Bustin' at each performance of the rodeo.
According to the San Angelo Stock Shown and Rodeo website, the Rodeo Clown and Rodeo Princess Contest is an annual event for youngsters age 5 through 9 to participate in the rodeo as an honorary rodeo clown or princess during the Mutton Bustin' event. The youngsters dress as they would during the rodeo event. Children will be asked a few questions by the San Angelo Rodeo Ambassadors.
The first Rodeo performance is Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and the final performance is the Cinch Chute Out on Saturday Feb. 15.
The San Angelo Rodeo Parade is held the first Saturday of the stock show and rodeo, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., as a way to officially kick off the event. Regardless of weather, the parade will go on, with the exception of lightning. The Parade Committee works tirelessly to line-up parade entries. This parade is one of the largest held annually in San Angelo and is always a favorite of spectators.
The parade is held in historic downtown San Angelo, and features riding clubs, trail ride participants, antique tractors, wagons, marching bands and floats. The specific parade route will begin at Irving and Concho Street, proceed East to Oakes, turn left of Oakes to Twohig, turn left of Twohig, proceed to Chadbourne, turn right on Chadbourne and proceed to College Street, turn Left of College Street, continue to Irving, turn left on Irving to Beauregard, turn right on Beauregard proceed to Randolph, turn left on Randolph, proceed to River Drive and dismiss.
The first event of 2020 is the Junior Food Challenge Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds.