Mabank’s Western Week celebrates ranching legacy
Posted by : June 12, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–One of the longest running and most-anticipated events in the Cedar Creek Lake area is the annual Western Week held in Mabank the last week of June, starting Monday, 23 and ending Saturday, June 28.
The Mabank Volunteer Fire Department event highlights the area’s ranching past, culminating in a dust-flying rodeo at Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena on the final two days. CWT, is producing this year’s rodeo.
Owned by Charlie and Colt Thompson, CWT begins rodeo action at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. The family-friendly entertainment costs $5 for adults 13 and up, and $3 for children 5 and older. Four-year-olds and under enter free. Slack rodeo, including timed events, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28.
Books open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. UPRA & CPRA dress code will be followed and a negative Coggins is required. Entry fee is $80. For more information, call Kim Ackel at (409) 781-3902.
Rodeo events include calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel riding, bull riding, bareback riding, ranch bronc, novice barrels for those 12 years old and under and a calf scramble.
On Monday, ten Western Week Rodeo Queen nominees begin their horsemanship rehearsals in the arena. On Tuesday, everyone is invited to a stress-relieving night of fun and games, contests of skills and wits the whole community can enjoy, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mabank park pavilion.
Children expecting to participate in the stick horse race for 7 year-olds and under at the rodeo, must have participated in the stick horse game Tuesday night.
The Queen and her court are named at a special barbecue dinner on Wednesday at a new venue, BNR Pit Grill on N. Mason Street. Then Friday, this year’s rodeo queen leads the grand procession.
Kids attending the rodeo in two age groups will get a chance to grab money off a calf’s tail during the rodeo. Laughter and shouts of glee are the primary sounds in the arena, along with the bellow of the unsuspecting calfs.
The Western Week Parade gets underway at 5 p.m. Saturday, winding its way from the rodeo arena through downtown Market Street and up past the Mabank Nursing Home and then back to the rodeo grounds before the start of the final night of rodeo excitement at 8 p.m.