TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — In Williamson County, it feels like Texas where Shane Hanchey has put on his boots.
“I try to get to about 15 Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Rodeos a year,” said Shane Hanchey.
Shane Hanchey rodeos professionally. He took home the world champion tie-down roper prize last season.
“We’re starting fresh this weekend, and it’s nice that you can get to some rodeos and get back home and sleep in your own bed at night,” said Hanchey.
Thursday, Hanchey kicked off his rodeo season at the inaugural fair and rodeo in Williamson County. The Williamson County Fair & Rodeo was initially supposed to take place last year but was postponed because of the pandemic.
There’s anticipation from fair officials that it’ll be one of the largest events at the Williamson County Expo Center.
“Just based on how participation is and our presages, we’re very optimistic about how this rodeo is going to do,” said Michael Cooper Williamson County Fair & Rodeo Chair.
There are also some financial obligations the fair and rodeo association must meet.
The Williamson County Commissioners approved an agreement with the folks behind the fair, the Williamson County Fair Association. The court agreed to fund $100,000 for the county’s first fair and rodeo.
The association has four years to reimburse the county or the Commissioners Court can decide to forgive all or a portion of that amount.
Cowboy Shane Hanchey is confident it will be.
“A rodeo like this, this could be a professional rodeo with as nice as the facility is and the kinda purse for the added money. I’ll be back next year,” said Hanchey.
Those behind the fair and rodeo say they plan to use some of the proceeds to develop a scholarship program for Williamson County students.