Licking held its annual PRCA rodeo parade Saturday afternoon along Main Street. Here, a clown makes a balloon creation for a child.

A popular summertime gathering, the Licking PRCA rodeo, concluded a three-night run Saturday.

A parade in the district business district accompanied a variety of activities throughout the day on Saturday.

The annual event – one of the largest in the area – is sponsored by the Licking Chamber of Commerce.

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Earlier: Kick off your summer fun this June with Licking Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual PRCA rodeo. The event began Thursday and continues through Saturday. The rodeo starts each night at 8 with the gates opening at 6.

Show up early for an exciting pre-show. Each night at 7 there will be an action-packed mounted cowboy shooting demonstration before the rodeo begins at 8.

Friday night is “Military Night.” Active duty military get and their spouses and all retired military get in for half price. New this year will be a goat scramble on Friday night at the rodeo.

Saturday night is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night. A favorite event for kids, the calf scramble, will take place at the Saturday rodeo.

Adults with a paid admission ticket Saturday night will receive a free ticket for a free large flat screen TV.You must be present to win. The television is provided by CableAmerica.

Also, there is an ongoing raffle to give away a 42-inch Vizio TV, full 1080p LCD HDTV to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Cancer Research. The winner will be announced Saturday night at the rodeo. Tickets can be purchased at Fox Funeral Home from Gary, or at Right Away Rent-to-Own from Kassi.

Chris Pyle will return again this year as announcer. His lively commentary with the barrel man throughout the evening keeps the audience laughing. In addition he helps to make the audience more aware of what the judges are looking for and helps them to know more about the competitors they are watching.

Featured entertainer this year is John Harrison, who performs Roman riding, trick roping and comedy. Harrison performed at the 2007 Licking PRCA Rodeo and returns to entertain young and old alike.

Mid-States Rodeo Co. will again be the stock contractor. And don’t forget the PRCA cowboys and cowgirls who will be competing for dollar prizes as well as points.

The Licking Chamber of Commerce will be selling burgers and hotdogs off the grill, soda, as well as other treats from the concession stand at the rodeo grounds.

A day of activities is planned Saturday for downtown Licking. There will be various crafters and food vendors throughout the downtown all day.

There will be two bands providing music entertainment in front of city hall. First will be Ozark Express at 9-11:30 a.m. Ozark Express is the family group of the Vankirks, and play only clean, family-oriented music, including gospel and bluegrass. They will be followed by Jay Barton and the Clear Creek Band from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Saturday, the rodeo parade will begin downtown and will feature floats, horses, and special groups.

Hang around after the parade for a dog show competition at Country Crossroads Café on Main Street. It is sponsored by Licking’s Girl Scouts. Bring your dogs and enter them in the contest. Prizes will be awarded for the winning dogs. There will be categories such as best looking, funniest and tricks. The entry fee is $2. Proceeds go to benefit the Girl Scouts. Contest time is 2:30 p.m., but if the parade goes past that time, then the contest will immediately follow the parade. (Please have your dogs on a leash, and clean up after them!)

There will be kids games Saturday morning with prizes for the winners behind Hood’s Frosty Treat. Times for the games will be announced when they are finalized.

There will be various attractions all day out at Licking’s Old Mill. If you are a history buff, or just curious, head to the mill to see Civil War re-enactments, which will take place all day. The mill will also be open for tours, and there will be T-shirts and postcards sold that will help raise funds for the old mill’s renovation. Stagecoach rides will also begin outside the mill for anyone wanting a nostalgic ride through downtown Licking.

The Lions Club will again have their hearing aid van out on Saturday in downtown Licking. And Medivan from TCMH will be present. At the Medivan, Relay for Life will be selling T-shirts to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.

Stop in Saturday at the Texas County Museum of Art and History to see the original painting by Lanie Frick that was used for this year’s rodeo posters and the rodeo book cover. Persons can also vote at the museum for people’s choice in the mill photo contest.

Licking Friends of the Library is holding a silent auction that will end on Saturday. Bids on items can be placed at the museum anytime between now and before the parade. Through May the museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. It will be open on Saturday until after bidding closes.

Crafters and vendors can reserve a spot downtown for the Saturday. Organizers said $15 will reserve a 10×10-foot space. See Joan Brannam at T.J.’s Flowers for booth space application. Deadline to reserve space is May 22. Persons who have any questions can call Joan at 573-674-2547.

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