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Childress Old Settlers Rodeo celebrates 133 consecutive years in the saddle

The Red River Sun/Elizabeth Tanner A saddle bronc contestant holds on tight, aiming to complete an eight-second ride.

The Red River Sun/Elizabeth Tanner
A saddle bronc contestant holds on tight, aiming to complete an eight-second ride.

CHILDRESS – For 133 years, the Childress County Old Settlers Rodeo has given locals – and some not-so locals – a chance to prove their talents in the saddle at the longest consecutive rodeo in Texas.

And this year was no different with over 150 contestants, ranging from Texas to Missouri, and hundreds of fans showing up for the two-night event Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17.

“It was a very good turnout,” Childress Old Settlers Director Stephanie Martin said.

However, the rodeo wasn’t the only thing the Old Settlers Rodeo Association (OSRA) had to offer this weekend. Events kicked off Friday morning with the crowning of Larry and Carolyn Carrick, 2021 Old Settlers King and Queen, at the Childress County Heritage Museum.

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The Red River Sun/Elizabeth Tanner Opening the rodeo both Friday and Saturday night and riding in the Saturday morning parade, the Hardin-Simmons Six White Horses carry the six flags that have flown over Texas since it was first claimed by Spain over four hundred years ago.

The Red River Sun/Elizabeth Tanner
Opening the rodeo both Friday and Saturday night and riding in the Saturday morning parade, the Hardin-Simmons Six White Horses carry the six flags that have flown over Texas since it was first claimed by Spain over four hundred years ago.

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