A rodeo to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Johnson County is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse, 315 Main St. in Cleburne. 

This year’s theme is, “Spurring Change for Kids.”

The mission of CASA is to recruit and train community volunteers to speak out for abused and neglected children in the community as well as in court proceedings so they can be permanently placed in a safe, nurturing environment as quickly as possible.

CASA Executive Director Kathy McClure said as a nonprofit, money raised during the event will make a big difference for children in foster care.

“In order to train our volunteers and take care of our children, we need to raise the money to do that,” she said. “We do get donations throughout the year from precious people, but our goal is to have a volunteer for every child in the foster care system in Johnson County.”

McClure said CASA has 86 volunteers who are actively working cases in Johnson County.

“We have almost that many children who are waiting for a volunteer,” she said. “We are always, always looking for volunteers.”

There will be team roping, bull riders, a bull team event and two-men bullfighters at the event.

“We have some of the best bullfighters out on tour right now participating, and some really great bull riders and PBR guys,” CASA board member Mike Powell said.

Powell is participating in the rodeo as one of the team ropers.

“CASA is a noble cause,” he said. “I’m hoping for CASA to make a few thousand dollars and gather some volunteers from this event. We’re want to get people to be a voice for a child in foster care.”

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo announcer Doug Mathis returns to his hometown to announce the rodeo.

“Doug is an expert rodeo announcer,” Powell said. “He co-announces the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. He’s from Cleburne, and just the fact that he can hang his hat on the Fort Worth Stock Rodeo is amazing.”

General admission tickets for the rodeo are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-10. Children 2 and under are free.

“We do have limited tickets for a VIP reception that starts at 5 p.m.,” Powell said. “There will be good and a little bit of entertainment.”

A dance and concert by country music duo Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holliday will follow the rodeo.

There will be giveaways during the rodeo.

“Sam’s Club has donated very nice things for us to give away at the rodeo,” McClure said. “We have some very sweet people that are helping us.”

To purchase tickets, visit casajohnsoncounty.org/casaroundup. They can also be purchased at the gate on Saturday. 

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