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Heart of the North: Spooner Rodeo in Wisconsin

July 13, 2010

Giddyup, folks–it’s rodeo season, and although the Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo http://www.spoonerrodeo.com is over, there’s plenty more action to be found this summer throughout these United States!

In Spooner this past weekend, the buckin’ was the main event, and we weren’t disappointed. Here are a few shots of the bareback boys on their broncos:

 

The competition was fierce, since the fellers were after cash prizes.

The audience was mesmerized, including this little cowboy kid:

Calf ropin’ was next, with cowboys in hot pursuit of their li’l dogies. They have to rope ’em, jump off their mounts, wrestle the calf to the ground and then tie three legs. The calf has to stay tied for six seconds, which is an eternity, if you’re the ropin’ cowboy! It’s hard to see in this shot, but he’s using two ropes: a lasso in the air and another in the teeth.

Even the little tykes got a piece of the action: mutton bustin’ is always a blast to watch. Little buckaroos as young as five years old don their bike helmets and grab a couple handfuls of wool, each trying to be the champ.

First he’s on:

Then he’s off:

But he’s still happy!

At the end of the night, there’s always a dance–this year’s band was Ellie May Kay and the Boogie Junction Band. This here cowgirl enjoyed the music!

Here’s a website that will hook you up with the lowdown on upcoming rodeos, now through September, throughout the Midwest: http://www.greatlakesprorodeo.com. And if you want to check out the Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo next year, the dates are July 7-9, 2011.