Round-Up At the MAC will be taking place a second year at the Morehouse Activity Center this Saturday for, “families who want to come out for some great entertainment and good clean fun,” according to MAC board member Ruby Collins.
Round-Up At the MAC will be taking place a second year at the Morehouse Activity Center this Saturday for, “families who want to come out for some great entertainment and good clean fun,” according to MAC board member Ruby Collins. With rodeo activities planned for children ages 3-16, RUATMAC promises enjoyment to those who participate and amusement for those who watch. “We'll have hoppers and a petting zoo set up the whole time for all the kids,” Collins said. “From 2-4 p.m., there'll be face painting and arts and crafts.” At 4p.m., all the children from ages 3-8 will draw to see who will enter a stick horse race. The race begins at 5 p.m. Mutton busting will take place immediately afterwards. “That's when a child is placed on a sheep inside the shoot and then let out,” Collins said. “The child must hang on to the sheep's fur and sit on its back while it runs around the arena. It's the first step in bull riding.” At 5:30, the Greenwell Springs Drill Team from Baton Rouge will perform. “They'll ride around the arena on horses doing precision drills,” Collins explained. “They're really good and fun to watch.” After the drill team performs, the youth rodeo will begin. Groups in ages 8-12 and 13-16 will compete in goat branding, a panty race and a pony express relay. “The panty race is when a child rides out on a horse wearing a large pair of bloomers,” she said. “They'll meet someone on their team standing at the other end, get off the horse and take off the bloomers. The other child must put the bloomers on, jump on the horse and race to the other side.” At 6 p.m., there will be a bank challenge for sheep dressing. “Teams from local banks will have to open up a bag of clothes in the middle of the arena and dress a sheep in everything in the bag,” Collins said. “They'll be putting things like a neck tie, hat and socks.” At 6:30 p.m., the ranch rodeo will take place. This event will feature wild cow milking, a river rescue relay, a stampede race and more. “In the stampede race, each cowboy will be wearing a rain slicker like they're camping out,” she said. “When someone yells, 'Stampede,' they must get up and put on they're boots and horse's saddle and race out of the arena like there's a real stampede taking place.” A concession stand will be available with drinks, popcorn, nachos, hamburgers, hotdogs and more. All scheduled children's activities are free. Hosted by Friends of the MAC and the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce, all proceeds from the event will go to the BMCOC.RUATMAC will take place from 1–7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the MAC. Tickets are $8. Children 12 and under get in free.