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Riding club to celebrate 50th Elgin rodeo

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This year’s annual Elgin Rodeo will be a special one, as 2019 marks its 50th running.

The Texas Lost Pines Riding Club (TLPRC) hosts the annual Elgin Rodeo at the Julius Marek Arena, 186B South Highway 95. This year, the rodeo will take place on July 12 and 13, starting at 7 p.m. on both nights.

Over the past 50 years, the Elgin Rodeo has become an event sanctioned by the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and the United Professional Rodeo Association (UPRA), allowing them to bring in more cowboys and cowgirls from those groups.

“Over the years, our rodeo grew to the point that we hired a professional rodeo contractor to put on our rodeos,” said Lorrie Phillips, former TLPRC president and long-time member.

When asked how TLPRC feels about being a part of a 50 year-running tradition that is still going strong today, Phillips had one answer: very blessed. They are proud to have been a part of the community for 50 years and they are thankful for their members.

TLPRC has been able to charitably give back to their community in many ways.

“One of our greatest accomplishments was being able to support Bastrop County residents during the 2011 and 2015 wildfires,” Phillips said. “TLPRC received financial support from all over, as far away as Connecticut, allowing us to send every horse home with fresh supplies.”

The rodeo will include mutton busting, calf scramble, and entertainment from The Vinyl Flashbacks on Friday and country star Kenny Orts on Saturday.

Tickets for the rodeo went on presale during the week of Western Days. Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Elgin General Store and Tri-County Feeds. Tickets at the gate will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children five years of age and up.