PHOTOS: Nearly 100 entries participate in this year’s TVE Rodeo Parade in Liberty

Liberty High School's state championship softball team

The TVE Rodeo Parade was held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in downtown Liberty. The parade is the official start to rodeo events at the county fairgrounds in Liberty.

Rodeos are held each year on Wednesday through Saturday with the final night culminating with the crowning of the rodeo queen. Rodeo starts each night at 7:30 p.m.

The grand marshal for this year’s rodeo parade was Sandra Sterling, who announced the parade for 45 years before stepping down this year.

Liberty County Sherriff Bobby Rader was elected in 2012 and is in his third term. He was driven in the TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19, by Deputy Gordon Bean.
Liberty County Judge Jay Knight is driving his restored Vietnam era military Jeep that is still in original condition. Judge Knight will start his third term as Liberty County Judge on Jan. 1, 2023. Riding with the Judge are County Architect Kenny Burns and Liberty County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar Klint Bush.
Twisted Cactus Horse Training has been training kids for the past four years. They have a 3-year rodeo team that travels the southeast side of Texas competing in barrel racing. They offer lessons, boarding, horse sales, and leasing.
Sandra Sterling was the grand marshal for the TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19. She was accompanied by her husband, Jim.

The carnival opened on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 22. Armbands are being sold for $35, which provide unlimited access to carnival rides. These are sold by the night. The carnival is open from 2 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

Bidding in the youth livestock auction will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. If you want to come show support for local youth and bid on items, be sure to show up early and get your bidding paddle.

The photos accompanying this article were taken by Vanesa Brashier and Kyle Lott for Bluebonnet News.

Liberty Fire Department Asst. Chief Eric McDaniel, Liberty Police Officer Justin McGraw and Liberty Police Lt. Chip Fairchild helped keep the public safe during the TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Kylee Fugere is the 53rd Annual Texas Rice Festival Queen.
Liberty County Pct. 1 Commissioner Bruce Karbowski, and wife Jeanie, and Pct. 2 Commissioner Greg Arthur, and wife Dana, rode in the TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Karbowski’s beautiful blue Ford Bronco.
Hardin High School Homecoming King Jonathan Smith is the son of Wendy Bearden and Johnny Smith. Jonathan plans to attend Texas State University where he will major in Kinesiology. Homecoming Queen Jules Thonsgaard, daughter of Pete Thonsgaard and Tish Thonsgaard, plans to attend Lamar University where she will major in music education.
Liberty County Clerk Lee Chambers was accompanied by her grandson and staff for the TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman Harkness
Liberty Police Chief Gary Martin leads the TVE Rodeo Parade as it begins on Wednesday morning, Oct. 19.
Vincent Browning rides Oliver the Watusi for the 2022 TVE Rodeo Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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