Girls are going to be doing some barrel racing at a rodeo coming up later this week in Jacksonville.  You'll see saddle bronc and bull riding too, plus a clown contest so you can get your clown fix for the month.

This Thursday in Jacksonville they'll kick off the 56th Annual Tops in Texas Rodeo with saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, bareback riding and girl's barrel racing.  They'll give you a fishing tournament on Saturday too, plus a gun fighting show, and a clown contest which will be awesome unless you're one of those folks like me who's a little weirded out by clowns.  Then we might want to stick to mutton bustin'.

It's Thursday through Saturday, May 17th through 19th in Jacksonville at the Rodeo Arena at Bridge and Mulberry Street, and you can get tickets there at the gate for $12.

If you want 'em in advance for $10, the Norman Activity Center is the place, and that's at 526 E. Commerce, Jacksonville, TX 75766.  (903) 586-2218.  Oh, and Thursday night is free!

Other highlights from the Tops in Texas Rodeo Facebook page:

May 17 - Rodeo 7 pm free general admission
May 18 - Rodeo 7 pm
May 19 - Men of Purpose Fishing Tournament 6 am - 2 pm
- Downtown Swap & Shop 9 am - 3 pm
- Clown Contest 11 am - 12 pm
- The Outlaw Gunfighting Group 11 am, 11:45 am,
1:30 pm, 2:15 pm
- Meet the Bullfighters & Cowboys 12 pm - 3 pm
- Rodeo - 7 pm

Texas is fun, especially in the spring time.  You know we'll keep cranking out the road trip ideas.  Have fun!