March 14, 2010 - The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
     Each year, the annual Austin Rodeo gets bigger and better.  We dropped by on Sunday the 21st for one of our favorite events - XTreme Bullriding.  You can't beat 40 cowboys taking on a herd of horns, hooves, and attitude.  Check out our photos from the day here.
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    We met and chatted with the lovely Megan King, who beautifully sang the National Anthem to start the event, and watched as Courtney Elliot - Miss Rodeo Austin 2009 - gave up her crown to her successor.  And our favorite rodeo event - Mutton Bustin (that's kids riding sheep) - was won by an 8-year-old girl!  And as always, Austin Rodeo media and marketing goddesses Kate Farris and Jennie Richmond made us feel right at home.
   The carnival jumped into high gear after the matinee performance, with a lively crowd and some incredible rides.  One of our favorites - and old-fashioned sideshow of animal oddities - is back this year; the proprietors really go to great lengths to recreate the 10-in-one
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experience of the 1930s and 40s.
    As always, the KidsTown tent was the main focal point, with a petting zoo, pony rides, and Elsie the Cow.  Drop by the Southwest Dairy Mobile Unit and the diner for a free hand-made quesadilla sample and some free recipes, then stick around for the old-fashioned medicine show - a bit of authentic history that you might never see again.
    Every day includes tons of free music entertainment, pig races, and Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey.  Plus, you can save the $7 fairgrounds admission and get in free with these special promotions:
- March 17th - Wear green
- March 18th - Show a college ID
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- March 19th - Wear pink
- March 20th - Show your State Farm
  Insurance card
- March 21st - Seniors 55+ with ID
- March 22nd - Show an H.E.B. receipt
- March 23rd - Drive a Dodge truck
- March 24th - Scouts Day (wear your
  Scout uniform)
- March 25th - Carpool with 4+ people
- March 26th - Wear overalls
- March 27th - Wear a Rodeo Austin T-shirt
   The final night of the rodeo on Saturday, March 27th, will also be broadcast on national television as part of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo series.  For all the Austin Rodeo info, updates, and concert line-up, visit www.RodeoAustin.com.

(Photos by Rob Faubion)