One of Bandera’s most iconic events now called the Bandera Roundup, will take place over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.
The Bandera Roundup will be filled with events and activities designed to please every visitor or local resident.
Even though the festivities won’t include the popular longhorn parade down Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 5, because it draws so many people it was deemed to be too difficult to hold safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Genie Strickland, who has organized the roundup’s Cowboy Marketplace for years, said she expects to see “a very good turn out.”
On Friday, Sept. 4, the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera will kick off the celebration with a free art show and sale at the museum’s Doane Art Gallery from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Fifty pieces of art, including paintings and bronzes, will be on display by the Western Artists Round Up. The group is composed of award-winning Texas artists Jack Moss, David Godfrey, Bob Penny, Doug Trine, Gary Ward and Charlie Bullock.
Thirty percent of the art sales will be donated to the museum for its capital fund. A free reception for the exhibit will be held outside the museum with tickets provided to regulate entry time to the gallery.
The Frontier Times, at 510 13th St., is the official host museum for the Western Artists Round Up. Moss will return to the museum on Saturday, Sept. 5, to give art demonstrations to museum visitors. An admission fee will be charged that day.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6, the Cowboy Marketplace will be held on the Bandera County Courthouse grounds from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The marketplace will feature vendors from around the state.
Entertainment at the marketplace will be provided by the Front Porch Pickers, trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick, musician Dave Kemp and the Ranch Hands, cowboy storyteller Lee Haile, gun twirler Pistol Packin’ Paula and the Bandera Cattle Company gunfighters.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, a free campfire breakfast will be provided on the grounds. Rubber chicken roping will be one of the fun activities offered to youngsters. On Sunday morning, Sept. 7, the Ridin’ the River Cowboy Church will provide a church service.
On Saturday night at the Mansfield Park rodeo arena, the Bandera Pro-Rodeo Association Ranch Rodeo produced by Triple R Rodeo will entertain visitors with a variety of competitions of cowboy skills between cowboys and cowgirls from ranches across the area. It will include a performance by the True Women Drill Team.
The rodeo will also hold a Mutton Bustin’ competition for youngsters. The admission for that event will be $20 per youngster. It will be limited to 20 entrants.
Tickets to the rodeo are $10 for those ages 13 and up. Children under 13 are free. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m.
On Sunday night, September 6, the Bandera ProRodeo Association will sponsor a Women’s Ranch Rodeo that also will include a Mutton Bustin’ competition.
Entry to the rodeo is $10 for ages 13 and up. Registration for Mutton Bustin’ will be $30, which includes entry for one adult to the rodeo. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.
The Women’s Ranch Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. and will include events like the pony express, muggin’, also known as steer roping, steer branding, wild cow milking, stampede and the lingerie race. The True Women Drill Team will also perform.
Longhorn steers from Cross T Ranch and Russell Tiner will be on hand at both rodeos for visitors to view and have their pictures taken with.
Admission to both rodeos will be free to military personnel and veterans.
Rodeo tickets may be purchased online at BanderaProRodeo.org or at the door.
For more information about the Roundup go to BanderaRoundUp. com or find the event on Facebook.