Debbie Edwards has managed to organize a rodeo inside the Lions Club Park Senior Center — complete with horses, hogs, cows and chickens.

OK, so the “chickens” are surgical gloves with feathers attached; the “hog” a woman in costume; the “cow” simply a fake head ropers use in their practice; and the “horses” of the stick variety, but Edwards promises that what the first Independence Indoor Rodeo lacks in living, breathing livestock, it will make up for in fun.

“Everything’s a play on words,” said Edwards, manager of the Bob Gilmore and Lions Club Park senior centers. “We always try to do something different to add pizzazz.”

The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, with entertainment provided by the Song Birds Choir, M.E.C.A.TX and the Killeen Kickers.

The Fort Hood Volunteers will serve lunch — provided by the Veterans of Killeen — at 11:30 a.m., with dessert furnished by The Sweet Factory.

After the opening ceremony at 1 p.m., the festivities begin, including a hog-calling contest, a chicken-herding event, steer roping and barrel racing.

An advance ticket is required for lunch, and because of space constraints, the event is for senior center members only. Edwards said she is looking forward to seeing the crowd’s response.

“It’s not the same old standard rodeo you go to — it’s just totally odd,” she said. “We want everybody to loosen up and have a great time.”

Conta​ct Erinn Callahan at or 254-501-7464.

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