Final preparations for the 69th annual Lamesa Rodeo, which will be held this coming Thursday through Saturday nights, are underway.
    Tickets for the rodeo still are available from rodeo queen contestants Jadyn Boyd, Jillian Grace Gonzales and Kira Rodriques.
    Performances of “West Texas’s richest rodeo” will get underway at 8 o’clock all three nights.
    Activities for this year’s rodeo officially will get underway with the Lamesa Rodeo Association Parade being held at 6 p.m. Thursday.
    Line up for the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the area of the old little league fields just east of Forrest Park. The parade will follow the traditional parade route north along Dallas Avenue and then around the courthouse square in downtown Lamesa before returning south along Houston Avenue to the park.
    Other activities planned for Thursday’s opening night of the rodeo include the crowning of the 2018 Rodeo Queen and competition for the county finals in team roping, calf roping and junior barrels.
    Cody King, president of the Lamesa Rodeo Association, said the Lamesa Rodeo has earned the title of being the “richest rodeo” because it gives the biggest prizes in the area.
    A total of $13,500 in added money will be available to this year’s contestants.


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