Licking's annual rodeo begins a three-night run on Thursday. 

A three-night run of the annual Licking PRCA Rodeo began Thursday.

The event, sponsored by the Licking Chamber of Commerce, is one of the largest summertime gatherings in the county.

Each night begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Those under 5 years are free.

There is a pre-show that begins at 7 nightly. A mounted shooting shooting demonstration is Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, fiddler Brett Dudenhoeffer will perform.

Rodeo events are calf roping, bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.

Here is the schedule:

FRIDAY: Military night. Active duty military with identification are admitted at half price. A goat scramble is planned.

On Thursday and Friday, children under 11 are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.

SATURDAY: Pink night. There also is a wild horse race and calf scramble. Adult paid admissions will receive a ticket for a chance to win a large flat screen TV donated by CableAmerica.

There is a parade at 2 p.m. in downtown Licking and food and craft vendors will line Main Street.

A section on the Licking rodeo appears in this week’s issue of the Houston Herald and The Messenger.

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