Once Upon A Rodeo
"Once Upon A Rodeo," a family friendly day organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, will be held Saturday, June 19, at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 North Tollgate Road in Bel Air.
The day's events include a rodeo, vendors, food, beer and a concert performed by Jimmie Allen, Academy of Country Music Award winner for New Male Artist of the Year 2021. A special kids' corner will feature a petting zoo by Hopeful Manor Farm, story times presented by Harford County Public Library and a Summer Reading Adventure sign-up table.
Funds raised by Once Upon A Rodeo will be used to provide additional funding for children and adult programming at Harford County Public Library throughout the year.
Gates open at noon. The rodeo takes place between 1-4 p.m. and features a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ProRodeo professional sanctioned rodeo. Contestants will participate in eight events: barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding and tie-down roping. The rodeo is produced by Painted Pony Championship Rodeo.
At 4 p.m. a “boot scootin” concert kicks off. The opening performance is by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Band, a 2020 Grammy nominee for best bluegrass album and 2016 International Bluegrass Music Award winner for Instrumental Group of the Year. The concert headliner is Jimmie Allen, the Academy of Country Music Award winner for New Male Artist of the Year 2021. The Ed & Rick Duo will perform between the acts.
Food vendors include Chick-fil-A, Don's Dogs, Eat Like a Greek, Pit n Pinchers and Kona Ice of Bel Air.
For those looking for an extra special experience, VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and includes catering by Andy Nelson's BBQ, beer, wine, moonshine and bourbon tasting, and on-site parking.
General admission tickets cost $30 per person and are available to purchase at onceuponarodeo.org. Children ages 10 and younger are free of charge. General admission parking is at Bel Air High School, with a free shuttle service running continuously throughout the day.
A limited number of free tickets for veterans, active military personnel and first responders are available, and folks are encouraged to register for them in advance online at onceuponarodeo.org. A valid proof of eligibility will be checked at the gate.
Those 17 years of age and younger who present their youth or young adult Harford County Public Library card at the gate will be admitted free of charge.
A coupon for a $5 discount on a general admission ticket may be picked up at any Harford County Public Library, while supplies last.
To purchase tickets, visit onceuponarodeo.org. Tickets are nonrefundable.