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Everybody's a cowboy for a night when the rodeo comes to town

By Marlana Ward
Johnson County was treated to an exhibition of western-style entertainment and sportsmanship when the Spurn’n S Rodeo came to town for the 26th annual Mountain Heritage Days Rodeo September 5th and 6th.  The rodeo took place at the Chamber Park on Highway 67 in Doe Valley. This event is one of the most anticipated annual activities for the families of Johnson County.
The night began with tribute being paid to each branch of our nation’s military.  A horseback rider carrying the flag representing a branch would ride the perimeter of the ring as that branch’s theme played over the PA system.  The audience responded to each rider with enthusiastic applause and cheers. After the military service men and women were recognized, a rider emerged from the gates carrying the American flag.  She and her horse came to the center of the ring where they stood respectfully with the flag.  All in attendance showed great reverence as our national anthem rang through Doe Valley.
Rodeo events of the evening included bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrangling, and bull riding. While all competitors were cheered and applauded, the volume was much louder when our local cowboys and cowgirls would set out from the chutes. The highlight of the night was the ever anticipated “calf scramble” when the kids in attendance are encouraged to enter the ring and chase a calf that has had a ribbon tied to its tail.  After the group of kids joined in some group warm up exercises, a calf was released into the ring and hilarity ensued.  The lucky participant who obtained the majority of the ribbon was given a cash prize and two additional winners who had parts of the ribbon were gifted a trick rope from the rodeo souvenir tent.
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