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Bigger, better 2022 rodeo, carnival

Conexion San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez

Josh Hilton is in his second year as Production Director for the SASS&R Association. This year’s 90th Rodeo opens for its two-week run from April 1-16, 2022 at the Foster Communications Coliseum.

SAN ANGELO – “Everything’s bigger and better in Texas.” For Josh Hilton in his second year at the helm as Rodeo Production Director, the 90th annual, local San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo will be bigger and better in so many ways from the weather, to one of the largest carnival shows, and a larger 2022 payout for rodeo contestants. Also, within the last two years, sponsorships for the rodeo have increased to 30% stated Hilton.

When SASS&R moved from its yearly February slot to April in 2020, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. “We’ve actually sold more tickets, 63,000 at this point right now than the entire show in 2021,” Hilton said.

Also, the Rodeo crowd turnout got bigger due to pleasant spring weather conditions. The weather forecast for Friday April 1, 2022’s opening performance is expected to be in the upper-50s with partly cloudy skies.

The total payout for this year’s Rodeo contestants will be a bigger, about $500,000. As for the Cinch-Chute contestants, payout is expected to be $100,000 plus. “Then you have the X-treme Bull contest payout which last year was $30,000,” said Hilton.

Josh’s excitement spilled over like kid in a candy store when he spoke about the biggest and best carnival attraction in the SASS&RA’s storied history, Talley Amusements Midway is coming to San Angelo. Talley Amusements will feature over 50 amusement rides and attractions. TAM’s reputation is well deserved as its prestigious carnival show has played for years at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas.

For a preview of SASS&R’s event go to:

And to see what spectacular rides Talley offers, visit

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