It's been a Labor Day weekend tradition for over 65 years.
This year more than 250 kids will participate in the Boys Ranch Rodeo.
"When Cal Farley started this rodeo he knew exactly what these kids needed, to have some fun and excitement."
This year marks the 69th year of fun and excitement at the Boys Ranch Rodeo.
What once started with less than a 100 boys now has grown to about 270 kids, with nearly 10 thousand fans cheering them on.
The Vice President of Development and Marketing says it's a great way for the kids to interact with the community.
Susan Brooks-Carter says, "you'll hear them behind the shoots and behind the scenes saying I can't believe all those people are here to cheer just for me."
The 69th annual Boys Ranch Rodeo is from August 31 through September 1st.
There will be 270 participants and 150 head of livestock
The weekend will start with adventureFEST, with lots of roping and riding, face painting, and chances to get Boys Ranch and rodeo souvenirs.
adventureFEST kicks off Saturday morning on August 31 at 10.
The barbecue lunch will be at noon, and the rodeo action starts at 2:30.
Brooks-Carter says, "we have everything from the really tough and competitive stick horse racers. We have some serious mutton busters, then we have senior pulls and junior pulls and barrel racing, all the way up to junior bulls and senior bulls."
Brooks-Carter says it's not only a great experience for the kids, it's also a great fundraiser for Boys Ranch programs throughout the years.
She says each ticket sold, souvenir bought, and raffle ticket purchased benefits the kids at Boys Ranch.
Tickets to the rodeo are 10 dollars and children under 6 are free.
Raffle tickets are sold for 20 dollars each.
The big prize in the raffle drawing is a 2013 Dodge truck.
Brooks-Carter says the second year of the rodeo, about 67 years ago, caused one of the biggest traffic jams in Texas history.
She says she's hoping this year the streets will be just as filled with people coming to cheer on the kids.
Boys Ranch officials say the rodeo wouldn't be possible without support from corporate partners, and donors of the saddles and belt buckles awarded to the rodeo winners.