Ropin' on the Go -- Cooper Meador tightens his loop around the horns of a steer during the Schleicher County Team Roping held Saturday, July 18th at the rodeo area south of Eldorado. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
Ropin' on the Go -- Cooper Meador tightens his loop around the horns of a steer during the Schleicher County Team Roping held Saturday, July 18th at the rodeo area south of Eldorado. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Schleicher County Rodeo Association will entertain rodeo fans for the 51st consecutive year as the Top of the Divide Rodeo returns to Eldorado on Friday and Saturday, July 24th & 25th at the rodeo area south of town.

Fresh of last year’s 50th anniversary bash, SCRA President Clint Griffin explains that the tradition will continue, even with the added challenge of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for distancing.

Tickets are $10 at the gate with children under the age of 12 being admitted for free.

The association has once again arranged for Cadillac Rodeo Company to produce the rodeo. The company has been named stock contractor of the year for the past 12 years with cowboys and cowgirls competing for top scores, top prize money and Skyline buckles that will be awarded to event winners.

Always a crowd favorite, this year’s rodeo will feature a calf scramble to get the youngsters involved.

Team ropers from around the area competed Saturday, July 18th, with the top 10 teams competing in this weekend’s rodeo.

On Friday night, teams placing 6-10 will compete. They include: 6) Manuel Hernandez Jr. and Rigo Gonzalez; 7) Brandi Lloyd and Lad Hughes 24.18; 8) 8. Lane Linthicum and Mandi Salazar; 9) Clint Griffin and Lad Hughes; 10) Trey Hughes and Lad Hughes.

On Saturday night, teams placing 1-5 will compete. They include: 1) Charles Barber and Murphy Black; 2) Trey Hughes and Clay Hale; 3) Lane Linthicum and Mike Kelly; 4) Norman Cerda and Clay Hale; 5) Larry Rogers and Layne Rogers.

A concession stand will be open for both performances offering plenty of treats for rodeo fans.

“We will be asking the patrons to practice and follow the social distancing guidelines outlined in the most recent executive orders issued by Governor Abbott’s office,” Griffn said. “We are going to ask that all patrons enter the grounds through the entrance located to the east of the concession stand in order to have more room for social distancing and to help try to not have congestion around the concession area.”

Griffin explained that patrons, as well as participants, should make use of the abundant open spaces in the stands and on the grounds at the arena in order to maintain the proper social distancing. He also highly encouraged rodeo patrons to wear a mask or other face covering.

“We will also try to have out enough stations with hand sanitizer,” Griffin added.

Rounding out the weekend’s events, the Stateline Band will entertain at a dance on the rodeo slab following the rodeo’s Saturday evening performance. Tickets to the dance are just $10 with everything getting underway at about 9 p.m.

The SCRA encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the rodeo.