By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – Chad Lancaster and Cullen Pickett haven't been in the rodeo business even 30 years, but the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce charged the two men with providing the entertainment for the 84th installment of the Belton 4th of July Celebration and PRCA rodeo at the Bell County Expo Center, which begins tonight with Military Appreciation night at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday night.

"Lancaster and Pickett are the young guns of the rodeo world," said rodeo coordinator Keith Smith.

The two haven't been on the scene for 30 years because neither is even 30 years old. Lancaster is the oldest at 28, while Pickett is just 24.

"Chad's father has been in the rodeo business for 30-some-odd years. My father was in it for 30-some-odd years. It's just bred in you," Pickett said. "We have pride in the rodeo business because that's about all we know. Mothers always tell their children, 'Do what you know.' Well, this is what we know."

The Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo Company will provide the horses, steers and bulls for this weekend's Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo and promise a good show – as does Smith and Belton Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Stephanie O'Banion.

"We're very excited about what they're bringing to the event," O'Banion said. "It's a lot of family fun and some great traditional rodeo."

After the 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment pre-show performance tonight, the rodeo kicks off with bareback riding, mutton busting, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and closes with bull-riding.

And throughout the weekend, crowds will be entertained by Nashville recording artist Trish Lynn and the All-American Cowgirl Chicks, who will perform fast-paced, thrill-seeking stunts on horseback.

"We're trying to put on a show, not just a rodeo," Pickett said. "We offer something different and something for everybody."

Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562.

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