Area residents are preparing to enjoy a week of festivities celebrating the city's rich rodeo heritage.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, Stephenville is home to more professional cowboys and cowgirls per square foot than anywhere else in the world. With that in mind, the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo Association has announced the thrilling lineup for Rodeo Heritage Week

"We appreciate the community’s support and want to thank all of our sponsors in advance for helping make this a successful rodeo and a week full of events that live up to the Cowboy Capital of the World image," said Chad Decker, Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Association president.

Erath County Team Roping at Lone Star Arena will take place today with some of the best ropers in the country competing for case prizes and bragging rights. The top 15 will join the lineup for the PRCA Rodeo next weekend.

Other events this week include a western art exhibit and reception at Clark Regional Airport from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday; Cowboy Capital Buck N Duck Rodeo at Lone Star Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Jeff Sewalt Iron Man Competition (golf, team roping, pool tournament) at 9 a.m. Thursday; Rodeo Legends Reception at Bruner Motors RAM Store from 5-6 p.m. Thursday; and a Meet-n-Greet with Bobby Kerr and his mustangs and ‘Wild Child’ Troy Lerwill at Bruner Motors RAM Store 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Professional rodeo action will begin Friday at Lone Star Arena. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night with rodeo action starting at 7. A Dancin’ in the Dirt Texas Music Concert will follow the rodeo each night and will feature Will Hobbs and the Crop Dusters. 

The final performance will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 12:30. Activities will include the queen contest, calf scramble, mutton bustin’, Bobby Kerr’s Mustang Makeover Act and much more.

"The Stephenville area has a rich history of legendary cowboys and cowgirls that have contributed to our western heritage and is home to many world champions and even more up and coming professional rodeo athletes," said Chamber President July Danley. "We invite everyone to join us in celebrating an important industry that brings world-wide notoriety and significant economic impact to our community."