The Rodeo Jamboree is bringing free kid-friendly fun to Carthage again this weekend, with organizers planning games and music to entertain visitors ahead of the Panola County Cattlemen’s Pro Rodeo.

Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney says this year’s event will be slightly smaller than last year, given the potential for rain and the fact that most of her Main Street Youth Advisory Council members will be getting ready for Prom that day.

“It’s going to be a toned-down version, but we still want to help enhance the rodeo and give our out-of-town guests something to do and hope our local people will come and greet them and have some fun with us,” Deloney said.

Rodeo Jamboree events will start around 9 a.m. Saturday at the historic Esquire Theater in downtown Carthage.

Junior high students and youth from Central Baptist Church will be manning the game stations this year, Deloney said. They’re bringing back favorites from last year.

“We’re going to have some of the same games that we had last year that the kids really enjoyed, like the panning for gold and just the old-time, cowboy-type games like roping the horse.

The Country Music Hayride will present two bands that morning: Souled Out, a gospel band, at 9 a.m. and Southern Impact, a country/southern rock band at 10:30 a.m.

“Since the rain has been so prominent these days, we went ahead and made the decision to put the bands inside the Esquire. That way we didn’t have all that equipment out there if we do have bad weather,” Deloney said.

Boo-Yah’s was also working on having a cornhole tournament, Deloney said, although she cautioned rain could hamper that event.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of rain on Friday night with a low around 63 degrees. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers on Saturday, with a high near 79 degrees.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.