Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo kicks off to soggy start
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The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo kicked off Friday to a soggy start.
More than 300,000 people are expected to walk through the doors of the Travis County Expo Center before the event’s close on March 23.
It takes the cooperation of thousands of volunteers to put together an event of this size.
“To see something come from nothing to this with the carnival and everything is fascinating," volunteer Chris Mellonbruch said.
Mellonbruch will volunteer for at least 60 hours during the rodeo.
Matt Berry, president of Rodeo Austin, says it's clear why the volunteers come out each year.
"Our volunteers are here because of the mission,” Berry said. “We have fun, the carnival is great, the rodeo and entertainment is great…but it’s not really about the rodeo but making money for scholarships for these kids."
Last year this rodeo raised more than two million dollars for scholarships and that fact motivates the workers behind the scenes.,
"You get the cause behind it and it really brings the team together and you know you are doing something good,” Mellonbruch said.
For those worried about the weather, almost all of the rodeo’s events are indoors, safe from the rain.