Annual Rodeo Days Brings Family Fun to Harper

Photo credit: Jim Foster

Harper had its own brand of excitement this weekend with the return of the much loved Frontier Rodeo Days, hosted by the Harper Community Park. This annual event hosted its 58th celebration, with the help of great sponsors such as Lester Meier Rodeo and Crenwelge Motors, to name a few. Volunteers worked tirelessly to plan in the months leading up to the event, not to mention the mad dash of last minute details to tidy up the park and have the rodeo arena in the best shape possible for this important weekend.

Horses and riders patiently wait at the Annual Frontier Days Rodeo.

Photo credit: Jalyn Sivells

Friday night saw team roping events open up the festivities to the crowds but it was no match for the list of activities planned for almost the entirety of Saturday. The much anticipated Saturday night activities were preceded by a picker’s circle, waterslide, car show and a washer and 42 tournament. 

People gather at the park to enjoy the waterslide, washer tournament, car show and other activities before the evening’s dinner, rodeo and dance.

Photo Credit: Jalyn Sivells

Just one of the many spectacular vintage and collectible automobiles that could be seen on Saturday during the 58th Annual Frontier Days Rodeo in Harper September 23rd and 24th.
Photo credit: Faith Bierschwale

The afternoon activities started off by showcasing the return of the parade to the event line up and featured most notably the Harper Band at the head of the processional, right behind the Grand Marshal. Spectators lined both sides of the road as American flags waved gracefully in the breeze while adults and kids alike scrambled out into the road to retrieve candy tossed to them by floats as they passed. The BBQ dinner that followed the parade was a delicious treat to tie people over until the start of the rodeo.

A cheery yellow car carries the Grand Marshal along the parade route.
Photo credit: Jalyn Sivells
Kids enjoying their 4H float in Saturday afternoon’s parade.
Photo credit: Brent Von Aschen
Grand prize winners for the 58th Annual Frontier Days Rodeo parade.
Photo credit: Rose Jackson
Little Miss Harper, Rayleigh Ressmann and, Little Mr. Haper, Gunner Tatsch, enjoy the perks of Rodeo Royalty and share a float ride before the BBQ dinner on Saturday, followed by the rodeo and dance. 
Photo credit: Hollie Baker
Cars of all styles and from many decades participated in the parade for the Annual event.
Photo credit: Brent Von Aschen
An old Ford carries a bit of nostalgia in the bed of the truck for spectators.
Photo credit: Ace Ford
You can’t get much more All American than a parade in Harper, Texas!
Photo credit: Rebecca Rendon-Lott

The much anticipated rodeo did not disappoint the crowd and hit all the favorites. Kids got in on the fun with a calf scramble before the adults got down to business. The Britt Ballenger Band made sure everyone finished off the night on a high note. 

Hoping you all had fun at this year’s Frontier Days and see you again next year!

Riders line up with the American flag, the Texas flag and flags for each of the branches of the Armed Services and POW/ MIA.

Photo credit: Jim Foster

A rider takes Old Glory for a lap before the start of Saturday’s rodeo.

Photo credit: Christine Sellers

Youngsters showing the adults how it’s done at the calf scramble Saturday.
Photo credit: Cheryl Sowder
Cowboys watching and waiting behind the chutes at the Frontier Days Rodeo on Saturday.
Photo credit: Jim Foster
There was no lack of excitement at Saturday’s annual Frontier Days Rodeo.
Photo credit: Christine Sellers

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