For those who know anything about barrel racing, it is one of the most popular sports found in and outside the rodeo arena. 

Beginning Friday, Dec. 2, a WPRA sanctioned 5D Barrel Race event will kick off and carry through Sunday at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center located at 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive. 

On Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center will be awarded the 2016 Small Rodeo of the Year by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. “Not only does it show that the Exposition Center provides exceptional services for the annual Pro Rodeo, but for barrel racers this is proven good ground to run in,” says P2 Productions organizer Debbie Pitts. “This race and award will bring in competitors, their families, followers and vendors. Nacogdoches will benefit through increased business for eateries, retail and gas stations,” Pitts said.

80 percent of entry money will be awarded back to participants. An additional $10,000 will be included to sweeten the pot. Divisions include boys and girls up to 16 years of age, adult, senior and an open category. A stick Horse Race for children ages six and under is offered to the first 20 registrants on Saturday. A small entry fee applies or bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a discount. There is also a quick Boot Race, with no entry fee, that is open to the public. Buckles will be awarded to all 5D winners on Saturday and Sunday; saddles will be awarded to average winners on Sunday. The Boot Race winner will receive a T-shirt.

More than two dozen specialty vendors will be selling their products and will have some great items for those looking for that special Christmas gift.  

There is no admission fee for the public to attend. The concession stand will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday.

For a complete schedule including times, entry fees, awards and participating sponsors, please visit