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Hi there! Glad that you have landed here and are interested in getting involved with Rodeo Austin. We are currently working on a brand new Rodeo Austin website! Our new website will be a new and improved way of signing-up to volunteer. We can't wait for you to see it. While our website is being worked on our usual opening of volunteer sign-up has been pushed from June 1st. We ae working hard to have sign-up open for 2020 as soon as possible. In the meantime if you have any questions about our Volunteer program or Membership types please feel free to reach out!
Rodeo Austin volunteers like to have FUN! There are nearly 20 different committees, each uniquely their own, that potential and current volunteers can join. Each committee requires certain time commitments but all are willing to go the extra mile to ensure all volunteers are having a great experience volunteering with Rodeo Austin.
Committees that have (*) next to their name, require a personal referral as well as an extensive interview process with committee leadership. This is to ensure that committees who require specific skill sets, essential to the function of the committee, can be identified. Rodeo Austin works with the committee leadership to facilitate these requests.
If you have any questions regarding the committees, please email [email protected]
100X Dance Hall
The purpose of the 100X Dance Hall Committee is to provide a true dance hall experience during the Fair and Rodeo for volunteers, the public and ProRodeo Athletes. As part of the dance hall experience, they provide live streaming of the rodeo every evening and have live music nightly. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to reach the Chair at [email protected] or the Vice Chair at [email protected]
The purpose of the Ambassadors Committee is to provide brand promotion at community events, facilitate all School Tours and Rodeo Rumble. During the 15-day Fair and Rodeo, the Ambassadors Committee hosts Public Tours and runs the Information Booth on the Fairgrounds.
The purpose of the Backstage Committee is to provide a safe, secure and relaxed environment to the main stage performer, as well as their crew, band, and family, for the date they are under contract. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to reach the Chair at [email protected]
BBQ Auction & Concert
The purpose of the BBQ Auction & Concert Committee is to host the annual BBQ Auction & Concert. This event is a gala-style evening with catered BBQ dinner, multiple bars, auctions, and great live music. The committee is responsible for selling tables and obtaining auction items for a live and silent auction the night of the event. This year the BBQ Auction & Concert is going to be held at Circuit of the Americas. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to reach the Vice Chair at [email protected]
The purpose of the BBQ Austin Committee is to host the annual BBQ cook-off event. The BBQ Austin committee recruits BBQ competition teams, provides event support including setting up and tear down and runs the hostess tens, judges tent and hosts the awards ceremony. BBQ Austin is open to the public and the teams offer BBQ samples for donations. The BBQ teams not only compete with their amazing BBQ but also with how much money they can raise. A weekend full of fun and BBQ is a great way to get involved with Rodeo Austin.
Calf Scramble Committee
The purpose of the Calf Scramble Committee is to raise funds to award 4-H/FFA students certificates to purchase a livestock project of their choosing and show at the next year’s event. The committee administers the Ultimate Scramble Championship event at Rodeo Austin. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to reach the Vice Chair at [email protected]
Competitive Events Committee
The purpose of the Competitive Events Committee is to provide a safe level of competition during the Livestock and Horse shows throughout the 15-day Fair and Rodeo. The committee prides itself on promoting agriculture with live demonstrations and displays while preserving western heritage. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to reach the Chair at [email protected]
Sub Committees of Competitive Events:
Ranch Horse Show
A show for open and youth horse show participants. The day of arrival assist with the welcoming, unloading, and stalling exhibitors. The day of the show, assist with lining up exhibitors, facilitating the ring and distributing awards.
A horse show for youth and adult riders with special needs. With safety being a priority, this committee is responsible for assisting clubs during arrival with unloading and stalling. The day of the show, the committee works with interns and safety stewards to line-up each class, facilitate the ring and distribute awards. The committee also assists with the Top Club Award presentation.
One of the most critical sub-committees, Howdy is Rodeo Austin's first impression to exhibitors. During each livestock arrival, Howdy is responsible for lining up trailers, distributing weight cards/check-in cards, assigning pens and stalls, and strategically sending trailers to the Show Barn for unloading.
Oversee the care of market animals departing the fairgrounds. Committee members must be comfortable with handling livestock.
Open each day of the show, the Show Office serves as the Show Barn headquarters. The Show Office answers questions for exhibitors and the public, sells feed and passes, and houses radios and gators. The Show Office assists with each check-in and facilitates the kiosks check-in process for lamb and goats, barrows, steers and heifers.
Livestock Judging Contest
The day of the contest, this committee will check-in all 4-H and FFA livestock judging teams and participants and distribute packets. They will guide participants through each class and work with Texas Tech University officials to facilitate the awards ceremony.
A show for 4-H and FFA junior market poultry exhibitors. Assist with arrival and the show in collaboration with Texas A&M University. In addition, the Poultry Committee will help with the 4-H & FFA Poultry Judging Contest. They will assist with contest check-in and facilitate groups as they move through each class.
Lamb & Goat
A show for 4-H and FFA junior market lamb and goat exhibitors. Work with the show officials and interns to unload all exhibitors during arrival. The day of the show, the committee will assist with facilitating the ring, including tasks like lining up exhibitions and distributing awards.
A show for 4-H and FFA junior market steer exhibitors. Work with show officials and interns from Texas Tech University and Blinn College to unload all exhibitors during arrival and help organize classification. The day of the show, the committee will assist with facilitating the ring, including tasks like lining up exhibitors and distributing awards.
A show for 4-H and FFA junior market barrow exhibitors, this is Rodeo Austin's largest show. Work with show officials and interns from West Texas A&M University to unload all exhibitors during arrival. The day of the show, the committee will assist with facilitating the ring, managing the sift pen and distributing awards.
A show for 4-H and FFA junior heifer exhibitors. This show works closely with faculty and students from Sam Houston State University. The day before the show, assist with welcoming and unloading exhibitors. The day of the show, assist show personnel with lining up exhibitors, facilitating the ring, and distributing awards and premiums.
A show for youth and adult breeding goat exhibitors that are members of the American Boer Goat Association and have registered Boer Goats. The day of arrival assist with welcoming and unloading exhibitors. The day of the show, assist show personnel with lining up exhibitors, facilitating the ring, and distributing awards and premiums.
A show for youth and adult Longhorn exhibitors who are members of the corresponding association and have registered Longhorns. The day before the show, assist with welcoming and unloading exhibitors. The day of the show, assist show personnel with lining up exhibitors, facilitating the ring, and distributing awards and premiums.
Cowboy Breakfast Committee
The purpose of the Cowboy Breakfast Committee is to plan, organize and coordinate the annual Cowboy Breakfast, Rodeo Austin’s kick-off event for the 15-day Fair and Rodeo.
Event Staff Committee
The purpose of the Event Staff Committee is to provide a first-rate customer service experience for Rodeo Austin guests inside the rodeo arena. Responsibilities include managing ticketed entrances to the rodeo arena and Founders Club, assist guests with locating their seats, implement the “seat warmer” program, and enforce the Rodeo Austin Ticket Policies to the best of your ability. The Event Staff Committee prides itself in executing all duties in a welcoming, friendly and professional manner.
The purpose of the Hospitality Committee is to feed rodeo contestants and competitive event judges breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily during the Fair and Rodeo.
Kick Open the Chutes Committee
Kick Open the Chutes (formerly the Bullet Proof committee) raises funds for the Rodeo Austin mission by starting the Rodeo season with a preview party on the arena “dirt” floor the night before the Fair & Rodeo open the gates. This party on the dirt includes featured rodeo eats, cash bar, silent auction, and rodeo inspired games plus live music entertainment on the arena dirt floor. Volunteers help plan, promote, sell tickets and work the event at different game stations, silent auction, and event oversight. If you have any additional or specific questions about this committee, please feel free to email the Chair at [email protected]
The purpose of the Operations Committee is to support all committees of Rodeo Austin logistically through setup, execution of, and completion of each committee’s respective events. The Operations Committee also ensures the acts, exhibits, and attractions are welcomed and that their needs are met during setup, show time & tear down while ensuring contracts and rules are followed. While Rodeo time is all hands-on-deck, there are also work days throughout the year.
Rodeo Austin Gala Committee*
The purpose of the Gala Committee is to raise funds for Rodeo Austin through its annual Rodeo Austin Gala & Youth Art Show. Committee members are responsible for generating table sales through the renewal of previous buyers and new lead generation, soliciting silent and live auction items and packages, pre-selling designated auction items, and assisting in the administration of event setup.
Rodeo* & Mutton Bustin'*
The purpose of the Rodeo and Mutton Bustin' Committees is to provide a fair and safe event for contestants and world-class entertainment for fans.
Shoot Out Sporting Clay Tournament Committee
The purpose of the Shootout Committee is to host the annual Sporting Clay Tournament. The Shoot Out is based on a fundraising platform that engages 20 teams with 5 shooters each. Committee members are encouraged to recruit new teams, get sponsorships and provide day of support. The event that kicks off the Rodeo Austin fundraising season is one you will want to be a part of.
The purpose of the Souvenir Committee is to sell Rodeo Austin merchandise at all Rodeo Austin events and manage the Souvenir booths during the 15-day Fair and Rodeo.
The purpose of the Xtreme Seats Committee is to ensure Rodeo Austin’s Xtreme Seat ticket buyers have an enjoyable and safe experience during the rodeo & concert performance. Committee members are responsible for welcoming Xtreme Seat guests to their seats, providing an overview of the Check-In Procedures and Rules of Conduct, and distributing appropriate floor credentials. Committee members also assist in relocating Xtreme Seat guests to the arena floor for the concert performance, as well as staffing designated posts around the arena floor and the subsequent duties assigned to those posts during the duration of the concert performance.
Youth Auction Committee
The purpose of the Youth Auction Committee is to support the projects of the youth of Texas and the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Fund, through fundraising, organizing and administering Youth Auction events.
Please note that from time to time Rodeo Austin will assess and restructure committees as needed.