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Rodeo series kicks off Friday

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The Riding on Faith Rodeo series will return to Mansfield Park on Friday, May 29, and will continue to bring high-flying rodeo action to the park every Friday through Aug. 7.

Karen and Troy Konvicka have put together the rodeo series for a third year in Bandera and believe their brand of family-friendly entertainment that allows new and established rodeo performers to demonstrate their skills will prove to be a popular attraction again.

Troy Konvicka is a former bull rider who wants to create a venue for people to develop their rodeo skills, win cash prizes and entertain crowds while they are at it.

“The moto for all we do is promoting the cowboy way of life,” said Karen Konvicka.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. each Friday, and the rodeos will start at 8 p.m. at the park, 2886 Highway 16 North just outside Bandera.

Rodeo events will include open bullriding, novice bullriding, mini bullriding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, open team roping, open barrels, junior barrels and muttin bustin for the youngsters.

Exhibition barrel racing, junior barrel racing, team roping and possibly more mini bullriding competion will be held both before and after the regular rodeo events as well.

The events are open to anyone to enter, except for the No. 10 team roping event which is only open to competitors who qualify for that level of competition.

Anyone who brings his or her horse to the rodeo will need to show proof that it has passed the Coggins test the state requires.

The rodeo also hopes to offer a calf scramble but will postpone that event initially to comply with social distancing regulations imposed by the coronavirus outbreak and see if the regulations are relaxed enough to allow the event to go on later in the summer.

Also in compliance with safety regulations associated with the coronavirus, crowds at the rodeos will be limited to 50 percent of the capacity at the Mansfield Park rodeo arena, visitors will be encouraged to stay six feet apart and plenty of hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use.

Tickets for the rodeo will be $10 for anyone 7 and older paid in cash at the gate. No credit card or check payments will be allowed. Anyone age 6 and younger will be admitted for no charge.

The series has become affiliated with the World Champions Rodeo Alliance this year to attract more competitors. Its mini bullriding competition is sanctioned by the International Miniature Bullriders Association, or the IMBA.

The grounds will have a variety of concession stands available, including a food truck by the Ranch House café and meat market in Bandera.

No alcohol will be sold at the event, but guests can bring their own alcohol. No glass bottles are allowed in Mansfield Park, however.