The 6th annual Family Ranch Rodeo Fest at the Kendall County Youth Ag & Equestrian Center (KCYAEC) on Saturday, October 7 will give folks a glimpse into the real day-to-day life of ranch cowboys and cowgirls as well as their outstanding character. The Family Ranch Rodeo Fest promises an afternoon and evening of fun for the entire family featuring the rodeo, mutton busting, goat roping, an online auction, live music, food and refreshment.
The evening headliner is Triston Marez with Dustin de la Garza opening. Differing from a professional rodeo, the ranch rodeo features tasks that ranch hands regularly encounter such as rounding up cattle for doctoring and loading for transport. Ten teams—many from Kendall County—will compete for prize money, buckles and other awards. To reflect the very real makeup of many ranching families, the rules call for at least one of the four team members to be a female or a youth under the age of 17.
Proceeds from the event will support KCYAEC, a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit that operates with a large volunteer base and no paid staff. The Center is home to some 400 4-H, FFA and Jr. Livestock members who participate in agriculture and equestrian activities, competitions and educational enterprises.