The Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show is coming up March 22-24 at the Nacogdoches County Expo and Civic Center. The event will once again feature three great nights of some of the best cowboys and cowgirls from across the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association (PRCA).

However, before the rodeo begins each night, KICKS 105 will once again be featuring youngsters from across the area in the Mutton Bustin' Competition.  That will kick off each evening at 7 p.m.  The Mutton Bustin' is also sponsored by Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative.

Registration for the opportunity to be drawn as a mutton buster is already underway at Boot Barn in the Northview Plaza in Nacogdoches.  The registration deadline will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022. Random drawings will determine the 15 contestants chosen to ride each night of the rodeo.  The announcement of the 45 total riders will be made on the KICKS 105 app which is free to download.

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Here are some of the mutton bustin' rules:

  • The child must be between 3-7 years of age and weigh less than 60 pounds
  • The child must have no major health problems
  • If chosen, the child and parent/guardian must check-in at the mutton bustin' registration at the Expo Center no later than 6:30 on their night to ride.
  • Children must be given instructions and safety equipment (vest/helmet) prior to participating.  Children not present by 6:45 will forfeit their spot.
  • A judge will score each child's ride.
  • A buckle will be awarded each night to the highest scoring rider.  The winner and runner-up will both receive gift certificates to Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches.
  • The child riding will be given free admission into the rodeo.  All others accompanying the rider will be charged admission.  Tickets for the rodeo can be purchased here.
  • A release of liability waiver must be signed by the parent/guardian for all riders.

Sign your young cowboys and cowgirls up soon.  In the meantime, here's a look at some of the photos of mutton busting over the past few years at the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show.


Nacogdoches Rodeo Mutton Busting

Here's a look back through some of the years of mutton busting at the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show.

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