TOWNSEND — The 55th annual Broadwater County Fair and Rodeo brought out the local youth rodeo stars on Thursday evening at the Townsend fairgrounds.
The weekend’s festivities were kicked off by Broadwater County locals ranging from 2 to 17 in age. The young competitors took part in a number of events, including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, team roping and mini-bull riding, which was just added to the docket this year.
“We’re very excited to have (the mini bull riding) as a feature kind of throughout the whole weekend,” said Lisa Larson, rodeo board representative and public relations director to the fair. “I work out here throughout the year taking care of the grounds, and you see kids really start coming out more and more the last month making sure their horses are tuned just the way they’re needed and all their skills are at top notch. So you see them in the arena practicing tons.”
The youth rodeo kicks off a weekend full of fair exhibits, 4-H shows and a livestock sale. Mini-bull riders will compete again Friday with the top eight riders competing in the championship round of the NRA rodeo Saturday night.