TOWNSEND — The Northern Rodeo Association made its way to Townsend on Friday afternoon to kick off the weekend’s rodeo festivities. Members of uniformed services, such as the Army, police officers and first responders, were honored on Uniform Services Night.
Competitors from around the state, and even neighboring Idaho and Wyoming, took to the Townsend Fairgrounds to test their skills.
“We’re so blessed to have an event like this for our community,” said Lisa Larson, rodeo board representative and public relations director to the fair. “It brings a ton of money into lots of different businesses. Cowboys traveling across the state are stopping at our restaurants, our gas stations, those kinds of things. They’re dropping money. It’s a real boost to the economy here in Townsend, and we’re just very grateful.”
Mini-bull riding was once again featured, allowing riders as young as 6 years old to get a taste of the adrenaline-filled action. The rodeo will wrap up on Saturday night, along with a livestock show and market sale.