Special to Empire-Tribune

It’s just a little less than a month before Stephenville hosts the annual Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo, sponsored by the Erath County Livestock Association. Coming to Lonestar Arena will be three action-packed performances, beginning at 7:45 p.m. nightly.

The rodeo officially kicks off with the county-wide team roping at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 1. From that competition, the top 15 will be featured with five teams being featured each night of the rodeo. The Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo County Wide Team roping is open only to Erath County residents, so fans have an opportunity to see the best team roping the county has to offer.

Then, starting on Thursday, June 5, it will be time to highlight the ECLA’s involvement with the American Cancer Society in the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event. This is the second year the committee will host the event, bringing attention to cancer survivors, patients and victims within the Cross Timbers Area. The event, sponsored by Wrangler, will give a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society in support of cancer research and patient needs. For every spectator that comes to the rodeo wearing something “pink,” $1 of their admission will be given to ACS.

Rodeo stock will be furnished this year by Frontier Rodeo Company, bringing world champion bull rider and TV commentator Donnie Gay to the Lonestar Arena as stock contractor and rodeo producer.

Specialty act entertainment for the Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo will be John Harrison of Soper, OK with trick roping and comedy trick riding and barrel man acts.

Always a popular event will again be the Mutton Bustin’ for the kids, held nightly prior to each rodeo performance. There is a 50-pound weight limit and each night there will be a cap at 25 contestants. Kwik Kar Oil and Lube of Stephenville sponsors the event that will award prizes to the top riders at each performance.

Fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a chance to win a Kubota RTV 900, furnished by TexStar Kubota, an all-terrain vehicle with a retail value of $12,900. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by any ECLA member until the drawing which will be held during the Saturday, June 7, evening performance.

Rodeo tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and can be purchased in advance at Grand Entry Western Wear, Saddle Rags, Signs and Designs and RP’s Western Outlet. The Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo is proudly brought to Stephenville by title sponsors of Bruner Dodge and the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.