Quay County 4-H rodeo draws 57 riders

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The 2011 Quay County 4-H Rodeo and State 4-H Horse Show will be held Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Fairgrounds.

The weekend events start at 7 a.m. each day with the 50th Annual State 4-H Horse Show.

Quay County has hosted the horse show for more than 40 years. During the show, 4-H’ers demonstrate their skill and control over their horses in events such as showmanship, horsemanship, and reining.

Admission to the horse show is free.

This year’s rodeo includes speed events such as barrels and poles, roping events such as break-away and team roping, and rough stock events such as steer and bull riding, said Tonya Hodges, rodeo coordinator.

“There are 57 contestants who have registered for the rodeo,” Hodges said.

Each night the rodeo will be kicked off by the Quay County 4-H drill team performing a mounted pattern and posting the colors. This year the announcer will be a Quay County 4-H alumni, Brad Hodges.

The rodeo will be held at the fairgrounds arena starting at 6 p.m. each night. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Quay County 4-H’ers and their parents are very busy during this weekend as they help with the many activities and run a concession stand. In addition there are more than 20 volunteers, who work hard to make these events successful, according to a press release from the Quay County Extension Service.

The release said the draw for many coming from the far corners of the state is a quality event matched with the best prizes of any of the county 4-H rodeos.

Businesses in the community provide saddles for the all-around winners and belt buckles for the runner-up all-around winners as well as belt buckles for the rodeo event winners and belt pins for the horse show event winners.

For more information: 461-0562.