I came across this post today and boy does it bring back some historical memories! I attended several of these in the 70's. It was an annual event held in October. That also happened to be the wedding anniversary month for said first marriage. We would get tickets each year from the local Sears & Roebuck store in old downtown Beaumont for this as a mutual present for a few years. Laughing now as I even remember we wanted Section Q-right above the bull chutes! The riders were more fearless than most rodeos. No one was ever seriously hurt when we were there. The announcers were really funny with quips such as "That's OK Red, you got another 99 years to try!"
Well, the rodeo outlasted the marriage. Maybe I had another 99 years to try!
Here is post about the rodeo: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/crime/look-back-texas-prison-rodeo
Thanks "I Love Texas" for posting this piece!