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The World's Oldest Rodeo Odds'N'Ends

29 June 2010  

The World's Oldest Rodeo started last night with a bang and we've got photos and video to prove it. 

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C'mon, be honest. You always wondered if bulls drooled.
It was a couple of hours before the actual 123rd World's Oldest Rodeo actually got underway that the Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children took place, thanks to the efforts of Horses with Heart. Kids got to practice their ropin' and ridin' and all left with big grins on their faces.

Of course, not all the cowboys and cowgirls participating in the rodeo left with huge grins, because rodeo is a sport, and in all real sports, there are some that win, and some that have to leave victory for another day. But, they all left knowing that even if they didn't take home a purse full of cash, they came and gave it their all.

As a matter of fact, in the bull riding event, only Logan Knibbe from Rockdale, Texas was able to stay on the bull named Deal or No Deal for the entire eight seconds, earning a score of 81.

Jim Konecny is a familiar face around the rodeo grounds, having been a charter member of the Prescott Frontier Days organization since the time the Jay Cees managed the event, and serving as chairman for many of those years. Here he shares one of his favorite rodeo memories:

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If you didn't make the opening night festivities, there's no need to fuss. Seven more performances are scheduled throughout the week, and lots of opportunities for you to cheer on those cowboys and cowgirls (or the broncs, steers and bulls if so inclined.)

By the way, just a head's up, tonight is also the 5th anniversary of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink celebration, sponsored by the folks at Wrangler. A portion of every ticket sold tonight will go to local cancer resource centers. According to their weeklong program guide, in 2009, approximately $3000 was donated and used to purchast $25 gift cards from Fry's to be used for prescriptions, food and gas. So, dig out your pink garb and come on down to the Rodeo grounds.

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.