Kids learn the ropes

Brady Hageman, McCook, demonstrates tie-down roping to
fourth-graders on a field trip to the Adams County
Fairgrounds to learn about rodeo Friday.

Fourth grade classes from 14 elementary schools learned Friday that rodeo is a very precise sport.

Nearly 500 students visited the Adams County Fairgrounds for the 18th annual Kids’ Day at the Oregon Trail Rodeo. The rodeo began Friday and runs through Monday.

Organizer Willis Hunt said rodeo is probably the most competitive of all sports.

“(Competitors) don’t get paid unless they win, which is different from all the other sports,” he said. “The people who do it are dedicated horsemen and horsewomen; they’re kind of one with the livestock. That’s something they train themselves to do. So to have young people at this age, in the fourth grade know something about the details of this is very important.”

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