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Rodeo in the Wimberley Valley
The history of the Wimberley, Texas VFW Rodeo by Lewis Smith
(With appreciation for research by Linda Allen from her book: "Wimberley - a Way of Life")
Ranch Road 2325 for $1/year for use as its rodeo grounds which included an arena with gates and chutes, racetrack, dance floor, concession stand, and BBQ pit.
In 1951, the rodeo grounds moved to six acres donated to the VFW by James. It was located north of town on Ranch Road 12 at Cypress Creek Lane. There, the VFW also built a Post Hall and remained there until moving to its present location in 1985.
The photograph on the right is that of Glenn Keith, “Wimberley's Cowboy."
Glenn started out at the Wimberley Rodeo and went on to win many National titles and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2003.
Unorganized rodeos in the Valley go back to idle moments on ranches and to finish off trail drives. But the first organized area rodeos were run by the Wimberley Rodeo Association. These were held on the grounds of Camp Wimberley, now the site of Rio Bonito resort on Ranch Road 12 at the Blanco River bridge.
From 1935, the rodeos were held at Carl and Adelia Scudder's Twin Mountain Ranch. Rodeo grounds facilities included a quarter horse track and attracted competitors and fans from throughout the state. The rodeo continued to be held rodeo continued to be held there on the 4th of July when the newly formed VFW took over its operation in 1946.
In 1948, Ed James, new owner of Eagle Rock Resort (site of present Woodcreek Lodge) let the VFW rent land between the Resort and
Online Tickets on sale June 1st- 8AM
This is a Pro/Open event sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA), sponsored by Oldham-Cummings Post 6441, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Wimberley, Texas. Admission and parking proceeds are considered a donation to Post 6441 and used to support a variety of Veterans and Community programs and activities. The Rodeo Producer is Mr. Bo Davis of DVS Productions from Gonzales, Texas, and the stock contractor is the Cadillac Rodeo Company.
Gates open at 5:30. 1st Mutton Bustin' at 7:00; Rodeo begins at 8 p.m.
Events include: bull riding, tie down calf roping, bareback & saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing.
2nd Mutton Bustin' event midway in Rodeo
2 calf scramble events nightly. One for ages 5-8 and another for ages 9-12
Due to cost and availability, there will be no fireworks on Friday or Saturday night, but a full spectacular fireworks show will happen Sunday night
Common to each night of Rodeo
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame bull-fighter, clown and barrel man Leon Coffee will be featured at each event.
Mutton Bustin' registration outside the VFW Hall at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $20 per ride; 60lb. max rider weight. Riders compete for the Ellen Allen Memorial trophy
Tickets at the Gate: Adults - $15; Children 12 & under $10.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.vfw6441.com from June 1st to June 25th
Advance ticket prices in person at the VFW Hall located at 401 Jacobs Well Rd. (CR182) on June 26th, 27th, & 28th, from noon to 6 p.m. Advance ticket prices are Adults-$12; Children 12 & under $7. Cash, check, or major credit cards will be accepted. Limited box seat tickets may be available for $35 on advance ticket purchase days only.
General admission parking $5 per vehicle at gate.
Food and other vendors will be located on the grounds
Beer will be sold at the Rodeo but BYOB is permitted.
Veterans Park is on Jacobs Well Rd. (CR 182). Follow the large “Rodeo/Veterans Park” sign at the intersection of Jacobs Well Rd. and Ranch Road 12 - about 3 mi. north of Wimberley and 11 mi. south of Dripping Springs