Join NBC 5 and the African American Museum at the 27th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo on Saturday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the State Fair Coliseum in historic Fair Park.
The 27th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo will headline the Juneteenth weekend extravaganza with a hip hop twist. The Rodeo will be the premier Juneteenth event in DFW, featuring a variety of activities for the whole family. State Representative Helen Giddings and Radio One’s Mark McCray will serve as the Grand Marshals.
The rodeo, a more than 26 year institution in Dallas, serves as a unique family entertainment outlet and features over 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls competing for $25,000 in prize money. This fast-paced sporting event is also an educationally enlightening experience that provides many of its almost 8,000 viewers with their first glimpse of African American’s historical contribution to the settling of the western United States.
Juneteenth or “Freedom Day” is a very important holiday in the African American community, especially in Texas. On January 1, 1863, slavery was abolished in the United States, but it was not enforced in Texas until June 19, 1865. As a result, this occasion is recognized through various celebrations and parades, and the history of this event serves as one of many ways we shouldn’t forget our past.
One of the highlights of the day will be the rodeo 101 camp, where kids (and parents) can learn how real cowboys and cowgirls train for rodeos using mechanical bull riding, calf and steer roping classes and many other hands-on activities. Juneteenth weekend will begin with the rodeo hoedown on Friday, June 19, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the African American Museum. There’s food, zydeco music, dancing and a host of other activities.
Saturday night is the main event, the 27th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo at the Fair Park Coliseum. The rodeo begins with the grand entry parade at 6:00 p.m., featuring top black motorcycle clubs from across the nation showing off their bikes in a grand display. Rodeo showtime is at 7:00 p.m. sharp and will host a series of spectacular events, including: the pony express relay race, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing and wild bull riding, and much more. These cowboys and cowgirls will be competing for cash prizes of up to $25,000. Come out and witness a one of a kind, black rodeo.
Tickets for the rodeo can be purchased at the African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas, TX 75210 in Fair Park, or at www.aamdallas.ticketleap.com. Group discounts are available. For additional information or for sponsorship inquiries, contact Khaliq Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org, 214.565.9026 ext. 305 or visit www.aamdallas.org.
27th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo
Saturday, June 20
State Fair Coliseum
Fair Park – Dallas