Wisconsin Pro River Rodeo rides into town
TINA L. SCOTT
The Merrill Festival Grounds were the place to be this past weekend, as thousands gathered to cheer on the professional cowboys and cowgirls that came to rope and ride in the arena as part of the Wisconsin Pro River Rodeo. Three performances brought out young and old to watch the Drill Team entertain with American flags on horseback, giving tribute to the great country we live in. Friday night local representatives from the military were honored, and Saturday night was breast cancer awareness. And let’s not forget the Antique Tractor Pulls and Sunday’s coronation of the Rodeo Queen.
But the main reason for the crowds were the Rodeo events: Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, ladies breakaway roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and bull riding. And okay, the kids may have also come for the opportunity to get muddy out in the arena during the boot scramble and to scramble for candy during the candy toss. Can you really blame them? Those cowboys and cowgirls make getting down and dirty out there in the mud look like a lot of fun!
Don’t miss next week’s edition of the Foto News, which will feature interviews with some of those cowboys and cowgirls that make it all look so easy.