Clay County hosts horseless rodeo

Keith and Sara Hemberger, Glenvil, round a pole while
competing in pole bending during the Redneck Rodeo at
the Clay County Fair Friday evening.

CLAY CENTER — Sitting in a wheelbarrow on top of a saddle with her legs crossed in front of her, Lindsey Hinrichs held her arms out in front of her and whooped.

Her partner, Dixie Schliep, grabbed the handlebars of the wheelbarrow and started running, weaving in and out of the poles.
Coming to the last pole, Hinrichs threw her arms in the air and gave a yell, as Schliep struggled to keep the wheelbarrow right side up.

"That was good," Hinrichs said with a laugh as they crossed the finish line.

"It was good, but I'm exhausted," Schliep added, taking in a deep breath.

The modified poles event was one of four events Friday in the first-ever Redneck Rodeo at the Clay County in Clay Center.

Event organizer Ron Bohlen of Fairfield said he came up with the event as a way to give kids more things to do at the fair. However, the rodeo became a family affair with both kids and adults competing.

"I just kind of dreamed it up," Bohlen said. "They wanted me to try to get something for the kids that was fun. I knew there wasn't a lot of horses in this county so we decided to do it without horses."

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