Bastrop’s 75th Annual Homecoming & Rodeo

July 22, 2022 4:03 pm Published by

Bastrop’s 75th Annual Homecoming and Rodeo is kicking off on August 3rd-6th at Mayfest Park. Starting on Wednesday, August 6th, there will be four evenings of fun for the whole family. Everything from live music, rodeo events, carnival rides, tournaments, food vendors, dances, class reunions, a Grand Parade, and more will be part of the community-wide celebration.

Bastrop’s Homecoming and Rodeo originated in 1947 as a way of welcoming back 90,000 soldiers who had been based at Camp Swift during WWII. Today locals and visitors alike are welcome to this unique, hometown event where you’ll find displays of courage, dancing, and competitive yard games. 

Tickets are free for Wednesday and Thursday’s events! Friday and Saturday’s ticket price is $15 each night, but kids 10 & under get free admission. There are also 1000 weekend passes available for $25 if you want to save $5 and get tickets in advance. 

2022 Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 3rd

5 PM: The rodeo fun starts with exhibition barrel racing. 

Thursday, August 4th

7 PM: The cornhole tournament starts. Be sure to be at the signup by 6 PM to secure your spot and enjoy a beverage from the event sponsors, Bastrop Beer Co.

7:30 PM: Catch the rodeo slack event, where some of the most ambitious up-and-coming rodeo competitors will be putting their skills and courage on display.

8 PM: Live music at American Legion Post 533 Outdoor Terrace featuring Luke Garrison and The Fallback Plan 

Friday, August 5th

7:30 PM: Rodeo events start. Mutton Bustin’ is on a first-come basis. Sign-ups are at the Diamond Cross Rodeo merchandise booth inside the arena.

9 PM to Midnight: Live Music at Showbarn, featuring The Wyatt Ellis Band 

Saturday, August 6th

9 AM: Sign-up for the Mike Mathison Memorial Horseshoe & Washer Tournaments at the American Legion. The tournament starts at 10 AM.

10 AM: The Parade kicks off Downtown. The Reunion and Sports Recognition will be held immediately after the Parade at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center.

1 PM: 4-H Cake Auction at The Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center

3 PM: Sign-ups for the Texas Hold’em Tournament at American Legion. The tournament begins at 4 PM 

7:30 PM: Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’. Again, sign up at the Diamond Cross Rodeo merchandise booth inside the arena.

9 PM: Live Music at Showbarn featuring Deezie Brown

10:30 PM – 1 AM: Live Music at Showbarn featuring Jeff Haney & Barney Sledge 

Bastrop When it Sizzles

The Homecoming & Rodeo marks the peak of summer for Bastrop. It’s a chance for everyone from bull riders to washer-tossers to showcase their skills and take part in events for the whole community. 

This event keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. Sure, the rodeo draws a lot of people to Bastrop, but the biggest reason for celebration getting bigger is that families are flocking to the area to live. Bastrop’s people, community, economic opportunity, and proximity to Austin have made it a popular spot for many families looking to relocate to the Texas Hill Country.

If you’re one of the families relocating near Austin and you’re in the market for a new home, don’t miss the chance to find your dream home at The Colony in Bastrop. Our master-planned community offers you and your family the best schools, outdoor spaces, and amenities that make settling into your new home that much better. 

If you want to be close to Austin but you prefer the peace, quiet, and tranquility of the countryside, then our community is a great fit. Contact us for more info on available homes and building opportunities in the finest community near Austin.   


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This post was written by Jennifer Haveman