Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo & Concert

Top notch competitors and livestock will be at the 28th Annual PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos again this year. The audience can enjoy great calf-roping (above), barrel racing, bull dogging, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding and the ever popular bull riding. Award winning Stock Contractor Stace Smith will provide the livestock and produce the rodeo events. Photo: Rex Hewitt/LFN File Photo

Top notch competitors and livestock will be at the 28th Annual PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos again this year. The audience can enjoy great calf-roping (above), barrel racing, bull dogging, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding and the ever popular bull riding. Award winning Stock Contractor Stace Smith will provide the livestock and produce the rodeo events. Photo: Rex Hewitt/LFN File Photo

“Biggest Little Rodeo in Texas” returns for 28th year this weekend

February 17-19, 2017

The Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo and Concert is set to return for its 28th year this weekend at the Los Fresnos Rodeo Grounds, 500 Texas Highway 100 in Los Fresnos, TX.

This year’s concerts kick off with local favorites The Tejano Boys performing on Friday night immediately after the day’s rodeo performances.

On Saturday night, San Antonio singer-songwriter Kimberly Dunn and her band will open for fellow Texas country singer Wade Bowen.

Born and raised in Waco, Texas, singer/songwriter Wade Bowen started his musical career in the band West 84 with longtime friend Matt Miller. In 2001, after flirting with the idea of life outside of the music business (he graduated from Texas Tech with a public relations degree), Bowen decided to head out on his own, self-releasing his 2002 debut Try Not to Listen and playing up to 250 gigs a year. The hard work eventually paid off as the title track climbed into the Top Ten on the Texas music charts.

Live at the Blue Light and Lost Hotel arrived in 2006; both were released on the Sustain label and earned him an audience outside of Texas. Collaborations with Pat Green, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster, Randy Rogers, Brandon Rhyder, Bleu Edmondson, and brother-in-law Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed followed, with a new album, If We Ever Make It Home, arriving in 2008. If We Ever Make It Home wound up peaking at number 29 on Billboard’s Country albums charts, the first time he popped up on the charts. Before he delivered another studio set, he released Live at Billy Bob’s Texas in 2010. Bowen signed to the Sony-distributed BNA Records for 2012’s The Given, which went to number nine on the country album charts; its single “Saturday Night” topped out at 39. Not long after The Given’s release, though, BNA restructured and Bowen was once again independent. He released an eponymous album in 2014, and commercially it performed just as well as its major-supported predecessor. One year later, he had his greatest success with Hold My Beer, Vol. 1, a duet album with Randy Rogers; it went all the way to number four. The next year, he released the country gospel-themed Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother on his Bowen Sounds label.

The Activity Area will once again feature gator shows, a petting zoo, live bands, a mechanical bull, trackless train, new trucks on display, livestock show, arts and crafts, and a carnival.

Stace Smith Pro Rodeo Stock Contractor, winner of the Stock Contractor of Year at the WNFR 11 times, will return this year to once again bring the best stock in Pro Rodeo to Los Fresnos. This, in turn, attracts the best cowboys in the PRCA to the Los Fresnos event.

Returning as announcer will be the outstanding voice of rodeo, Andy Stewart.

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The Professional Bullfighters Association brought to you by Jim McClain and Allen Nelson will bring some of their top bullfighting teams to compete as they protect the bull riders during the rodeo. This year there will be two teams of bullfighters, each competing against each other to earn the most points. Team Bud Light and team Coors Light to protect the riders during the rodeo. The Calf Scramble will feature youth from the Cameron County Fair & Livestock Show and the Mutton Bustin event will be held in all 3 rodeo performances.

Tickets and more information online at www.lfrodeo.com or available through the City of Los Fresnos, The Los Fresnos Police Department, The Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce, The Boot Jack (valleywide), or Stitch Gallery in Harlingen.

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