Small Town Rodeo- A Family Affair

Trip Start Mar 27, 2014
Trip End Sep 20, 2014

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Monday, September 1, 2014

Meeteetse, Wyoming, is a small town- population 372- but the annual Labor Day Rodeo is a BIG DEAL, part of a weekend long series of events and a lot of fun. It's a family affair and most of the contestants are local residents from the town and ranches nearby.   The audience seems to know everyone and the cheering is spirited.  Some family names appeared several times in the rodeo program- dad in tie-down roping, mom in the ladies barrel racing, mom and dad in the mixed team roping, daughter barrel racing, son in the junior steer riding, uncle riding a saddle bronc, cousins in the team roping and so on.

The small town rodeos are different in several respects from professional rodeo- women have a breakaway roping event and partner with a man in mixed team roping, and there are several classes of barrel racing- Ladies, Junior and Pee-wee (one of the riders was five years old).  Junior steer riding is for boys on their way to being bull riders… there were even two boys learning to be rodeo bullfighters taking part during the junior steer riding event. 

Add to all of this local clubs cooking the food, a raffle for a custom-made saddle, and the sale of rubber ducks for the Great Duck Race on the river following the rodeo and you have a fun-packed afternoon… and the weather was beautiful. 

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