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Rodeo and frontier days return to Ladonia

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The 49th Annual Ladonia Rodeo and Frontier Days will commence this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The rodeo kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at Eastman Arena on Hwy 64 featuring nine events with an added $4500 and is sanctioned by the UPRA, CPRA and CRRA.

Highlighting the night will be Australia's National Rodeo Queen, Danielle Quinsee, as she makes an appearance at the Ladonia Rodeo on her way to the Calgary Stampede. The Cody Bryan Band will be featured Saturday night.

The 49th Annual Frontier Day Celebration kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast at the local firehouse. According to organizers, at 9 a.m. the City Hall Lawn turns into a park for day long events such as the Hay Toss, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, a Shoe Kicking Contest; then, Bubble Gum Blowing, Watermelon Seed Spitting, and a Knock-Out Free Throw Contest.  For the children a Sack Race, a Hay Toss, Hula Hoop competition, Stick Horse Race and a Frisbee Toss.

At High Noon on Main Street, a local group of Wild West characters will stage a melodrama unfolding and leading to a shootout in front of a street lined with spectators.

Afternoon events include a Raw Egg Toss, a Terrapin Race, a Wheelbarrow Race and a Lawn Mower Race.  Finale is the Ladonia Amateur arm Wrestling Contest that pits some of the strongest men in Northeast Texas against each other for cash added prizes.