The Illinois Gay Rodeo Association presents Rodeo Round Town, a three-day series of events throughout Chicago, continuing the tradition of the annual Windy City Rodeo, which drew rodeo fans from all across the nation.
The rootin'-tootin' weekend kicks off Friday, August 23, with the Rodeo Kickoff Hoe Down at Charlie's, 3726 N. Broadway, at 8 p.m.
The Rodeo Games Competition, the main event of the Western-themed weekend, takes place at Charlie's on Saturday, August 24, starting at 1 p.m. Expect a variety of games based on traditional rodeo events, such as flag racing, calf roping, cow pie toss, goat dressing and the Mini Miss Rodeo event. The competition is open to all and features prizes for winners of each event, plus one for overall Rodeo Champion. Country & western music, raffles and a chuck wagon buffet will also be a part of the fun.
Later on Saturday, come on down to Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., for this year's installment of the Cowboy Eye for the Leather Guy makeover contest. The winner will receive a complete makeover worth $500, courtesy of Alcala's Western Wear. The contest starts at 10 p.m.; stop in a bit earlier to sign up. The event will benefit the Groceryland Pantry, which this month marks 25 years of serving those affected with HIV/AIDS.
The weekend culminates in the Trail's End Dance, Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m. at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Admission to all events is free and open to anyone 21 and over.
For more info on the Rodeo Round Town weekend, see www.ilgra.com or find Illinois Gay Rodeo Association on Facebook.