Take a look back at the history of the Dublin rodeo in the 1940s and 1950s during the first ever Dublin Rodeo Reunion hosted by Dublin’s Rodeo Heritage Museum. Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at 118 W. Blackjack Street.
Some of the highlights will include an exhibit of famous rodeo photographers at Sweet Delights by Judy, famous stuntman Dean Smith and a wall branding.
“I’m excited about all of this. The exhibit give us a chance to show what the rodeo was at that time,” Carolyn Harbin, museum manager and event coordinator, said. “It’s the first year so we don’t know how it’s going to turn out and I know it takes time to build things but we’re a museum and exist on donations so we have fundraisers at least twice a year to make some money.”
Dean Smith, a stuntman who appeared in movies with John Wayne, will make an appearance to sign his biography. Smith, along with other Western stars and trick riders, will hold a storytelling time later in the day reminiscing about the old days.
Other events will be a wall branding at the Rodeo Heritage Museum, a kiddy coral, recognition of the latest memorial and walk entries and more.
When the sun begins to set, the night events take over featuring the reunion visitation, songs of the 40s/50s and the Dublin Rodeo Song by Tim Turnbeaugh, a fiddle fire chuck wagon dinner and an auction.
“I’m excited about all these people coming together to tell about what happened during that era,” Harbin said. “We are still taking donations for the auction so if anyone wants to donate to that, they can call me.”
Harbin can be reached at 254-434-3675.