This past weekend, Rob and I went to the rodeo in Coleman, TX – check out the link for more awesome rodeo pictures. Coleman is a little town about 45 minutes outside of Abilene with a population of around 5,000. Rob knows that sometimes smaller towns have better rodeos (not proven wrong by our visit to Coleman!). A very nice lady near the gate gave us some extra tickets she had – so we got to go for free! Even better! We went early so we could see the muttin’ bustin’… What’s muttin’ bustin’? Don’t worry, I had to ask too. Basically, young kids (we’re talking 3-5 years old here!) ride on the back of a sheep for as long as possible. It is hilarious! And I love that a Texas rodeo is one of those places where no one bats an eyelash at letting ones’ tiny child get face planted into the dirt as he or she falls off a sprinting sheep. Yea! (really, I do love that; I’m not being sarcastic).
Rob got some nachos before the bull-riding started (his essential rodeo food) and we settled in to a beautiful night. Coleman’s rodeo had attracted the #3 bull rider in the world, which I thought was pretty cool. No one rode the full 8 seconds, but we did get to see a pretty feisty bull charge the rodeo clown!
I think rodeo clowns must be a little crazy. Or maybe you’re just supposed to think that. But, while the angry bull was staring at him from the other side of the barrel, the clown would stick his hand around one side and then the other side of the barrel to wave at and taunt the bull. “Hey, big sissy! Over here! Now I’m over here! ha ha, what’re gonna do?” The clowns have a mic also for the purpose of joking with the announcer and the audience. Think of it like a little Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
There was even bronc ridin’!
And sumo wrestlin’
More bronc ridin’
And a goat scramble for the kids… Every kid 10 and under climbs over the fence into the arena and lines up (the was a BUNCH of kids!). They release about 10 goats with ribbons tied to them. The kids chase the goats, grab the ribbon, and take it to the announcer for a prize. I wished I was 10.
It was a great rodeo and Rob and I had a wonderful Texas date!