“No chewing on the boot.”

That’s a boot, designed with colored glazed doughnuts from Krispie Kreme, at the Cowboy Breakfast on Friday. Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman

That’s the sign that greeting attendees at Friday morning’s Cowboy Breakfast, the annual kick-off for Rodeo Austin that drew hundreds of Austinites, many wearing boots, others wearing office attire, to the Long Center Terrace today.

A boot-shaped mosaic of doughnuts greeted guests at the Cowboy Breakfast this morning. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

Kristy Kreme and Farm Credit Bank of Texas teamed up to create a Texas flag-themed boot made out of colored doughnuts. You could get your photo taken in front of the boot, but they didn’t let you eat the doughnuts until the end of the breakfast.

Several hundreds doughnuts were used to make this boot at the Cowboy Breakfast on Friday morning. Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman

You could also get freshly cooked biscuits and gravy from a team of chuckwagon cooks, freshly made pancakes and syrup, sausage wraps and even fried catfish strips called catfish toes. Some folks were dancing to the live music, while others were getting photos on top of a horse or with the trick roper. You could even try your hand at branding a piece of leather. (Don’t forget that there’s a barbecue competition happening later today and tomorrow at the Travis County Exposition Center, the home of the rodeo)

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts installed the self-proclaimed largest boot doughnut at the Cowboy Breakfast kickoff to Rodeo Austin at the Long Center grounds Friday morning. After the breakfast the doughnuts were packaged and given away. Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman

Just how much do Austinites love doughnuts? We have a 24-hour Voodoo Doughnuts downtown and Hook ‘Em doughnuts that got into legal troubles last year, not to mention several locations of Gourdough’s, a doughnut-based trailer and restaurant.

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Here are more scenes from the Cowboy Breakfast today: