Now in its 46th year, the Sonora Outlaw Rodeo is bigger and better than ever. This year, the Sonora Rodeo is teaming up with competitors from all over the area for an August 9th and 10th full rodeo event.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday with performances beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This is the Rodeo’s second year under the sanction as a UPRA-CPRA event and the Sonora Outlaw Rodeo Association members want it to be one to be remembered for years to come.

With that in mind, the association has once again arranged for J&J Rodeo Company to produce the rodeo. The company is an award-winning stock contractor with cowboys and cowgirls competing for top scores and top prize money.

To top things off Jason Boland will headline Saturday night’s dance with performances by Two Tons of Steel and Grupo Fuerzzo. The dance starts at 9:00 p.m.

Rodeo tickets are only $10 in advance, or $12 at the gate. Children 12 and under are just $4 in advance, or $6 at the gate. Tickets for the dance are only $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the gate. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by any three queen contestants.

Rodeo contestants will not only compete for cash and distinction, but also for Lee Silversmith custom buckles and Tres Rios buckles. This year’s purse has been upped to a $15,000 added money.

A special slack performance is scheduled for Friday morning, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. Lions Club will provide breakfast burritos and all the fixins’.

County Team Roping and Mutton Bustin’ preliminary tryouts are set for Saturday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. the best of the best will advance to compete in the weekend rodeo. The cost to participate is $150 per person. Books open at 5:00 p.m. Roping at 6:00 p.m.

The fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’ event will be held Friday night with the top ten riders from the prelims. Stevie Smith Memorial Buckle for the top winner. Second place gets a gift certificate for a new pair of boots donated by Mr. Boots. And, the third-place winner receives a pair of spurs.

Participants must weigh less than 55-pounds and be 4 years of age.

Both Friday and Saturday nights competitors will show off their talents in team roping calf roping saddle bronc, bare back riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, break away, and of course, Bull Riding.

Sidetracking the crowd with his award-winning humor, Gizmo McCracken will be entertaining in the arena as well as in the stands. He will be keeping an eye on any opportunity to clown around with rodeo fans.

For those who want to take part in the action, there will be a calf scramble Saturday night for any and every one, ages 7-12 years. The first ten participants to cross the line will win a bike donated by the Bank and Trust.

This year’s Rodeo Queen contestants are Harmony Ramirez, Kami Lux and Esmeralda Salazar. The 2019 Miss Sutton County Rodeo Queen will be crowned Saturday. 

A concession stand proffered by the Sonora Lions Club will be open for both performances with plenty of treats for rodeo fans. Proceeds benefit the local Lions Club.

A full cash bar, including wine from a local winery, will also be open to adults age 21 and up.

Along with the hard work of the Rodeo Association members and individuals in the community, this local tradition is also made possible with the support of this year’s sponsors Rafter W, Lost Lake Ranch, Tres Ninos Ranch, Janco Ranch, JL Bar Ranch Resort and Spa, HCTC, Dodge Ram, Budweiser and Lazy Two Ranch/Caveman Bucking Bulls.

In keeping with tradition, Sutton County Days returns to the county fairgrounds and pavilion on Saturday.

Things begin with the annual Sutton County Days/Rodeo Parade at 9 a.m. There is no entry fee and participants are asked to line up at the elementary school at 8:00 a.m. This year’s parade theme is Classic and Custom Cars.

Also beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day all the way up to the rodeo performance, there will be plenty of activities, vendors and fun to be had by all.

Little Miss and Mister Sutton County for 2019 will get underway at 10:15 a.m.

And, of course, there will be the introduction of the 2019 Miss Sutton County queen contestants at 11:00 a.m.

For the those who want to try their luck at a long-time western tradition, horseless goat roping begins at 10:00 a.m.

After a full day of fun outdoors, everyone is invited to retreat to the cool inside of the Civic Center to enjoy a catfish dinner for just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The annual Dee Ora Masonic Lodge Scholarship Catfish Dinner provides scholarship money to local students each year to help offset the cost of furthering their education after high school.

For more information contact the Sonora Chamber of Commerce at 325-387-2880.