AUSTIN -- Thousands are in Austin for the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo at the Travis County Expo Center.
Saturday morning kicked off with a run for the youngest cowboys and cowgirls.
This is where weird meets western -- Rodeo Austin.
Saturday's events kicked off with the Rodeo Rumble.
Donned in their cowboy boots and hats, 210 children raced around the arena. And so did some of their parents.
Parents and organizers agree, the free event is a great introduction to the rodeo for the kids. "This is a good way for them to really learn about rodeo and what it has to offer," said Miss Rodeo Austin 2012 Ashley Bergfield.
"We love doing this because it's a chance for us to get the kids and their families out to the fairgrounds," said Rodeo Austin's Marie Richter.
From rumbling in the arena, to pony riding in an area just for kids, there was plenty of fun to be had.
One big attraction in Kidstown is the petting zoo where kids can get up close and personal with animals like Scottish Cows, deer, goats and even a lamb or two.
The kids had fun, and all for a good cause.
"It's all about scholarships. And it's kids, western heritage and getting them out here to learn more," said Richter.
A new experience for many of the children, getting in on the rodeo fun.