There's bad news and good news concerning the 51st edition of Jacksonville's Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo.
Bad news first: Those that have missed attending one of the first three 130-minute performances have missed out on a lot of fast-paced rodeo action, colorful pageantry and celebration of rodeo and community togetherness, which have all been prevalent this week at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena on Mulberry Street.
Now for the good news: Fans have one more chance to experience the thrill of professional rodeo right here in Cherokee County as Tops In Texas has one performance left, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight (good seats are still available in all price ranges ($10-$14) and can be purchased at the gate).
As a special treat, fans in attendance this evening will also have the opportunity to see the new rodeo queen be crowned, which is always a memorable moment.
Performance No. 2 (Thur.) recap
Thursday was the annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night which remembered those that have lost their battle against cancer, as well as to celebrate with the folks who have beat the terrible disease.
Many of those survivors were driven around the arena in a covered wagon and introduced to the crowd just prior to the start of the Grand Entry, which was capped off by a release of pink helium-filled balloons.
Fans always seem to get a little something extra for their money at Tops In Texas whether that be the Charles Ewalt Memorial Calf Scramble or Mutton Bustin' — tiny Cole Killingsworth earned a score of 80 to win on Thursday — for the kids, or a little bit of cowboy preachin' for the older folks.
Pastor Mark Norman from Trails to Christ Cowboy Church delivered a message of hope as he slowly looped around the arena on horseback during the intermission.
Norman shared the word of the Lord with patrons and closed with an invitation for anyone seeking salvation.