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Get along to the rodeo

Pull on your boots, strap on your chaps and dig that dusty hat out of the closet for a ride back in time to the wild Wild West, partner.

It's time for the annual Hernando County Cattlemen's Association Rodeo, where the unbridled passion of cowboys and cowgirls goes head-to-head with brute animal strength.

Professional rodeo cowpokes will compete for points and prizes in one or more of the following events: saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bareback bronc riding.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and hosted by Five Star Rodeo. Competitions begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, U.S. 41, south of Brooksville.

For adults, tickets cost $6 in advance, $8 at the gate. For children under 12, tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the gate.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hernando County Fair office or from members of the Hernando County Cattlemen's Association.

When the rumble is finished, participants can head over to McKethan Auditorium at the fairgrounds for a little boot, scoot and boogie.

Randy Lee and Country State of Mind will play music from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Bring your own beer. Parking is $2.