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Frontier Days, Ranch Rodeo starts today at Stephens County Arena, Ag Barn

Frontier Days, Ranch Rodeo starts today at Stephens County Arena, Ag Barn
May 06
08:51 2022

The Stephens County Frontier Days and Ranch Rodeo will bring an Old West atmosphere to Breckenridge this weekend, courtesy of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and the Stephens County Rodeo Association.

This year’s events will be held at the Stephens County Arena and Ag Barn on County Road 245, off of U.S. Highway 180 just east of Breckenridge.

Vendors will be setting up their booths today, May 6, and some rodeo activities will be held this evening. Stick horse races will be offered this afternoon, after the kids get out of school.

On Saturday, events will begin early when the chuckwagons start preparing their entries in the annual contest, as well as lunch for those in attendance. The day will wrap up with a concert and dance in the Ag Barn.

Throughout the day Saturday, there will be various events, including a cake bake-off and cake walk, stick horse races, a gunfighter show and more. Tickets are required for the chuckwagon lunch and the concert, but all other events are free of charge.

Take a look at some of the activities for the event:

Chuckwagon Cook-off

This year’s Bob Drake Memorial Chuckwagon Cook-off will feature the fare of Cripple Creek Cattle Company of Goliad, J Bar W Chuck Wagon of Weatherford and Wildcat Knob Chuck Wagon of Granbury. The chuckwagon teams will be preparing their meals all morning, and prizes will be awarded Saturday afternoon.

For those wanting to enjoy the chuckwagon meal, tickets cost $15 and will be available at the event. Lunch will be served beginning at noon Saturday.

Cowboy Poet

David “Two-Bit Pete” Hansford of Fort Worth will perform some cowboy poetry at 1:30 p.m.

For the past two years, he has presented classic and traditional cowboy poetry at events such as the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Cowboy Campfire Tales at the Fort Worth Stock Show and various Red Stegall events. He is a regular performer at the Cowboy Opry in Fort Worth.

Cake Bake-Off and Cake Walk

New to Frontier Days this year is the Cake Bake-Off and Cake Walk, sponsored by the National Theatre.

Entries in the Cake Bake-Off need to be dropped off in the Ag Barn by 11 a.m. Saturday. The judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. After the judges sample a bit of each cake, the cakes will be entered in the Cake Walk.

Cake Bake-Off prizes will be $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place. To register to participate, call the Chamber at 254-559-2301.

Gunfighter Show

The Ole West Gunfighters from San Antonio will present a wild west-themed stunt show, sponsored by E-Z Pack Bridgeport.

The show features a sheriff and several gunfighters. They will perform at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Kids Activities

Throughout the day on Saturday, kids can participate in stick horse races and sack races, as well as visit the goat petting zoo that will be set up at the event. There will be no charge for those events, and they will take place at various times.

Additionally, some of the vendor booths offering kid-friendly items for sale, such as wooden toys and face painting.


Frontier Days will feature several vendors and food trucks, including Pit Boss, Buns on the Run, Old Time Funnel Cakes, tacos, crawfish and more.

Some of the vendors include Steve’s Knives and Gear, Razzle Dazzle ‘n Go Accessories, Tupperware Fun with Marjorie, Bee & Tee Creations, the Vintage Butterfly and more. Additionally, the Breckenridge Band Boosters will have a booth signing up participants in the upcoming fundraising Poker Run.


Another new event for Frontier Days will be the concert and dance on Saturday night.

The concert will be inside the Ag Barn, and tickets will cost $10 each. There will be a $30 cooler pass charge (no glass containers) for those who want to bring their own drinks.

The concert will kick off with Breckenridge’s own Kyle Fambro, followed by Kerri Lick. The headliner will be Ragland, a band from Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Doors will open at 8:30 p.m., and the concert is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Ranch Rodeo

The Stephens County Ranch Rodeo has a variety of events scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 6-8. Events are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Participants in the 3 in 1 Jackpot will need to be signed up by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The jackpot will start at 10 a.m. It will be pen one, tie one, and head & heel one. The cost will be $50 per man for four-man teams. There will be an 80 percent payback.

On  Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, there will be Mutton Busting for kids ages 8 and younger. It will cost $10 per entry, and each performance will be limited to 30 entries. Entrants must be signed up at least one hour before the rodeo starts (6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday).

Additionally, there will be goat roping for kids on Saturday and Sunday.

The Jr. Ranch Rodeo for ages 12 and up is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Entry fee will be $50 per man for five-man teams. There will be 65 percent payback, plus prizes.

The rodeo will be free for spectators to attend.


Cutline, top photo: Participants cook up some chicken-fried steak in the 2021 Bob Drake Memorial Chuckwagon Cook-Off, hosted by the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce. This year’s Frontier Days is scheduled for May 6-7. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


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