The traditional Polk Street Cattle Drive and Parade begins annually at 10th and Polk streets, kicking things off for the June Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo. More than 60 longhorns mosey along downtown Amarillo’s main thoroughfare, encouraged by cowboys and evoking the idea of an old-time cattle drive. The steers don’t come near stampeding, though their horns do sometimes scratch parked cars that didn’t vacate in time.
Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo 1st weekend in June. At Tri-State Fairgrounds. $17, 7-12 $7. This rodeo is different from some in that it features only cowpokes from local ranches. They ride bucking broncos and herd groups of longhorn steers. The kids competition involves riding sheep. It’s BIG time Texas fun for everyone. The local aspect was driven home for me when I sat up at the top of the arena next to a couple who seemed to know everyone. It was non-stop chatter throughout, in a good way. Informal stalls selling things like saddles and boots set up around the area walkway at the top, allowing you to do a little shopping for some cowboy goods.
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