Motley-Dickens Old Settlers Reunion & Rodeo returns this week

Motley-Dickens Old Settlers 2018 August 27, 28 and 29, 2020, in Roaring Springs, has something for everyone this year.

In addition to the excitement of rodeo competition at the WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association)–sanctioned ranch rodeo event, there’s also an interactive theme park for all ages on Friday and Saturday. Old-timers remember when there used to be a carnival at the Old Settlers Reunion. This year, there’ll be a theme park to offer entertainment for the whole family, and a Vendor Fair at the Roaring Springs Community Center, 1002 2nd St. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Ranch Horse Association of America competition takes place Friday, with 10 teams competing. The categories for competition are: Junior Youth, Senior Youth, Box-Drive-Box-Drive, Wrangler, Cowboy, Ranch Hand, Junior and Senior.

If boot-scooting and dancing is your idea of fun, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, there will be an “Old Folks’ Dance” from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Rex Thomas and Friends.

Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will be the headlining band for the dance Friday night, starting at 9:30 p.m., and the cost is $15.

On Saturday Ranch Rodeo events get underway at 9 a.m., and the order of events are:

Sorting, Junior Sorting, Team Doctoring, Junior Doctoring, Bronc Riding, Mutton Busting/Junior Bronc Riding, Team Branding, Junior Branding, Flag Race and Wild Cow Milking. Ten ranch teams are registered to compete.

The Queen will be crowned Saturday night after the Wild Cow Milking.

The Dickens County Candidate for Queen is Ravaya Kuenstler, a sophomore at Spur ISD, and the daughter of Brad and Alisha Marvel and granddaughter of Bucky and Karen Marvel.

The Motley County Candidate for Queen is Hadleigh Halsell, a junior at Motley County ISD, the daughter of Josh and Courtney Halsell. She lives at North Camp on the Tongue River Ranch.

Jason Nutt and Highway 70 perform for the Saturday night dance starting at 9:30 p.m., and the cost is $15.

Another new attraction for this year’s rodeo fans is a Junior WRCA rodeo.

A traditional fun favorite is the parade, which will once again take place Saturday morning along the main street of Roaring Springs from the park to the train depot at 10 a.m. Also coming up on Saturday are a washer pitching tournament at 1 p.m. and the snapping turtle races, which get under way at 2 p.m.

Concessions will be available all three days. New this year will be food trucks, which will be on site at the rodeo grounds Friday and Saturday.  Rodeo events will take place at the arena in the 900 block of 3rd Street in Roaring Springs.

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