If you were raised in a small town, have attended a rural festival such as Frontier Days, etc., or just want to sample this unique slice of Americana, Mason’s Annual Roundup & Rodeo boasts all the events and attractions that you could possibly want, starting on Thursday, July 12th, and continuing through Saturday, July 14th.
The Ft. Mason Park Rodeo Arena, located at the Ft. Mason Park, will be the site for several events. Dennis and Karen Townsend are hosting a Team Roping event on Thursday. Then, on Friday at 7:30 pm, the Mason Rodeo Association will sponsor a 4-D barrel race. Finally, on Saturday at 7:00 pm, the Cadillac Rodeo Company brings a classic rodeo production to town, including entertainment by Leon Coffee, a renowned rodeo clown, and all the excitement of a mutton race for the kiddos.
Mason’s historic Courthouse Square is the focal point for most of the Roundup festivities. On Saturday morning at 9 am, the Roundup Arts & Crafts Festival opens with all types of vendor booths – crafts, food & drink, children’s games, etc. - scattered under the blessed shade of the 70+ year old pecan trees. This event continues throughout the day to approximately 3 pm.
Then, at 10 am, the Mason Roundup Parade steps out for two trips around the Courthouse Square. This Parade has all the bells and whistles: riders with Stetsons and American flags, children, pets, community and business floats, more horses, candy to be tossed, veterans and usually some antique vehicles for good measure.Immediately prior to the start of the Parade is a Stick Donkey Race on the south side of the square and immediately after the Parade is a Farmula Race featuring farm animals, pets & their handlers, but no horses, please.
Live music will enliven the festivities on the Square from 11 am to 1:30 pm, and at 2 pm, on the north side of the Courthouse, Alpha Beta Psi will host the Queen’s Court Pageant. The Queen’s Court will be crowned as part of the beginning ceremonies at the Roundup Rodeo Saturday night. These young women will travel throughout the Hill Country for the next year, promoting tourism in Mason County.
The Roundup’s final event, beginning at 9 pm, is a country dance under the stars at the Ft. Mason Park Dance Slab, featuring Jake Hooker.
So, if you’ve been itching to sample the pleasures of a small-town festival, please plan to spend Thursday, July 12th – Saturday, July 14th, in Mason, Texas, enjoying the 54th Annual Mason Roundup & Rodeo! We hope to see ya’ll here!
For more information on all events, please visit the Mason County Chamber of Commerce website, www.masontxcoc.com.